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City of York hosts run for 1,000 young people

City of York hosts run for 1,000 young people

Nearly 1,000 young people took part in the recent Arena Group mini and junior runs held on a sunny August afternoon on the city's iconic Knavesmire.

The annual event, organised by Run for All, is part of the city's popular 10k weekend with 3 - 8 year olds running a 1.4km course and 9 - 14 year olds 2.5km. 

Arena Group has supported the event for over 6 years ensuring that all 3 - 14 years olds can take part for free.

Junior runners Holly and Edward, pictured here with Arena's Francis Fitzpatrick and Arena Owl, were first over the line in the girls' and boys' races. Local schools, Poppleton Road Primary School and Manor CE Academy, were also winners of the schools' prizes to be presented in the new school year.

Encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good charities close to their hearts, some of the youngsters were running in aid of the event’s partner charity, The Island, which offers support to vulnerable children aged 8 to 13 who are struggling to cope at home, at school or in the wider community.  Noah Tilson, who uses a frame to walk, won some of the biggest cheers of the day and proved that you don't need to run to take part and support a good cause.

Francis Fitzpatrick, Finance Director of the Arena Group, said: “The excellent thing about the mini and junior run is that it’s so inclusive. It’s free to enter and children of all abilities are welcome so there’s a lovely atmosphere and buzz as the youngsters make their way round the course. Even more importantly, it’s a great chance for the children to support the work of an excellent charity."

Find out more about the Arena Group mini and junior runs on the Run for All website.



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