Over 2,500 young people from in excess of 30 Gateshead Primary Schools TOOK part in the ‘INEOS GO Run For Fun™’ event at Saltwell ParK on Gateshead on Friday 22nd May 2015. This is the biggest event since the start of the campaign, beating particpation numbers from several venues across Europe and even the USA! The Mayor of Gateshead and World/European Sprint Champion Richard Kilty were also special guests on the day, presenting medals and encouraging all participants.

Organised by the Gateshead School Sport Partnership (educationGateshead, Gateshead Council), in conjunction with the Great Run Company.  This was the second successive year this national campaign had come to Gateshead and almost doubled participation numbers this year!

Backed by Lord Sebastian Coe, the UK’s newest mass participation running campaign for children aims to encourage kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest, get active and have fun, regardless of ability.

Put on your trainers and your GO Run For Fun T-shirt, then run 1 mile however you like and have fun with your friends as you go.

The GO Run For Fun series is the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner of INEOS, one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies, who donated a staggering £1.5m spread over three years to establish a new charitable foundation to encourage children to run for fun.

Jim said: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running as possible as early as possible. The idea is simple – to get children out of the house having fun. It is not rocket science.

“Running is the basis of so many great sports. If our children can catch the running bug early, they’re more likely to stick to it, and this can only lead to them having more active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”

Kevin Hay of the Gateshead School Sport Partnership, added: “We are always very pleased to be invited to organise this event in partnership with the GO Run for Fun Foundation".

 “It is one of more than 300 events, competitions and festivals organised by the Gateshead School Sport Partnership throughout the year. To have so many schools and children/young people involved demonstrates the importance Gateshead Schools attach to getting their pupils physically active.”