Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah joins ‘Fit for the Finish’ schools run in South Tyneside
Sir Mo Farah has joined children in South Tyneside to take part in the ‘Fit for the Finish’ schools fun run.
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They then embarked on a 1.4k junior fun run along South Shields’ promenade to Gypsies Green stadium.
The run involved more than 300 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from across 13 South Tyneside schools in a Council-led initiative, which was supported by The Great Run Company.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, has praised Sir Mo for joining the borough’s children at the start line of the event.
She said: “Fit for the Finish is all about encouraging more children to get active and what better way to inspire them than by drawing on the excitement and build up to the iconic Great North Run which ends on our stunning coastline.
“We were thrilled that one of the greatest athletes of all time, Sir Mo Farah could join us for this event and meet the children, as he himself prepares for his historical final Great North Run and retirement from running.
“Sir Mo is an incredible role model, a hero to many and a real inspiration to the next generation of runners.
“It was an amazing and special experience and one I’ve no doubt the children will remember and talk about for many years to come.
“The event also supports our Council ambition of being healthy and well. It not only gave the children a chance to be active, meet a running legend, but have fun with friends at the same time.”
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As the runners crossed the finish line, they were greeted by Councillor John McCabe, the Mayor of South Tyneside, where they received a medal-shaped pack of seeds to plant at home as an environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional medal.
Sir Mo then answered questions from the children in the Great North Run Finishers Marquee, before they enjoyed activities with the Council’s Sports Development Team.