Thousands of children from across the UK take on 2km at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The world’s largest children’s running initiative, GO Run For Fun, together with The Daily Mile, brought together 5000 primary school children from London and across Britain on Thursday as they took part in a 2km fun run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Cheering on the children at the event were VIP guests from the world of sport including Olympians Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.

“GO Run for Fun and The Daily Mile are two amazing projects that are inspiring a new generation of children and schools to become more active in their daily life,” said Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and broadcaster Lewis. “I am looking forward to cheering on the 5000 children here today and hopefully these young ambassadors will continue to enjoy exercise and even join a local sports club.”

The GO Run For Fun Foundation celebrated its 200,000th child crossing the finish line at the event, with pupils from over 2000 schools having been involved to date. The event also featured 800 children from London schools that have been taking part in The Daily Mile.

More than just a fun run, GO Run For Fun ties in with the national curriculum by visiting schools before the event to enable teachers to educate children on nutrition, hydration, the importance of team work and an active healthy lifestyle. Teaching materials, including short films featuring the event mascot DART, are available to schools.

This year The Daily Mile is also getting involved. Founded by former headteacher Elaine Wyllie, its mission is to encourage every child to walk, jog or run for 15 minutes every day in school. Since launching in 2015, and being supported by INEOS, the scheme has been adopted by more than 2500 schools with over half a million children taking part on a daily basis.

Also at Thursday’s event, Lewis hosted a panel discussion featuring Wyllie, Jack Shakespeare of UK Active, Gary Palmer of London Sport and two-time world 110m hurdles champion Jackson. The panel discussed the importance of encouraging children to be more active and the role of parents, teachers, schools and Government in improving the health and wellbeing of children in London, the UK and beyond.

GO Run For Fun and The Daily Mile are both supported by INEOS, which has health and fitness at the heart of its ethos. INEOS chairman Jim Ratcliffe said: “It has never been more important to support young people in leading healthier, more active lives.

“We are very proud to support and celebrate these two initiatives that have been making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of children in the UK and beyond for the last four years.”