Olympic track star Mark Lewis-Francis inspires children at Leeds fun run

Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis races children at the GO Run For Fun event at Newlaithes Primary School, in Horsforth. Picture by Bruce Rollinson

Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis races children at the GO Run For Fun event at Newlaithes Primary School, in Horsforth. Picture by Bruce Rollinson

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Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis has joined Leeds youngsters to mark a fun run milestone.

The 32-year-old sprinter was fast out of the blocks at Newlaithes Primary School in Horsforth to mark the 35,000th participant in GO Run For Fun on Thursday.

The £1.5million three-year scheme, thought up and backed by Jim Ratcliffe of UK manufacturing firm INEOS, is a charity initiative to encourage children to run for fun.

Lewis-Francis, who won gold in the 4x100 metre relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics, offered training tips and sounded the horn at the Horsforth run, said: “This campaign just gives them another outlet to run for the pure pleasure of it. Today, more than ever, it’s not about how good they are.”

Visit www.gorunforfun.com for information.

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