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.