6,000 kids take on GO Run For Fun 2K at the Olympic Park

Last Thursday (16th July) saw 6,000 children take on a 2K around London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of charity GO Run For Fun's initiative to get 100,000 children involved in fun runs. The children ran alongside Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson, Olympic champion hurdler Colin Jackson and Commonwealth gold medal-winning heptathlete Louise Hazel, as well as Marathon Man Rob Young.

Thompson said: "It was a fantastic day for all the children. Everyone had a great time and also learnt a bit more about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. I am very pleased to have been part of GO Run For Fun’s national day."

The event also saw the launch of Dart TV, a new online children's television series centring around GO Run For Fun's mascot Dart. The cartoon series aims to highlight the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet to 5 to 10 year olds in a fun, accessible way.

Leen Heemskerk, GO Run For Fun's Project Director, said “Dart TV is fun to watch. It delivers some serious messages as well as laugh out loud moments. We hope that teachers, club coaches and parents will use it to promote the importance of nutrition and exercise to their children”.