Olympic gold medallist visits Haverhill primary school

Mark Lewis Francis with pupils at Westfield Primary Academy
Mark Lewis Francis with pupils at Westfield Primary Academy

Olympic gold medal sprinter Mark Lewis Francis visited a Haverhill school yesterday (Wednesday, July 16) as part of a scheme to promote more physical activity among children.

The sprinter, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games as part of Great Britain’s 4x100 relay team, visited Westfield Primary Academy in Chalkstone Way with the INEOS GO Run For Fun event, backed by Suffolk County Council.

The campaign aims to get more than 100,000 children aged 5-10 to take part in one of the GO Run For Fun events across all corners of the UK, over a three year period.

Backed by former world champion and world record holder Colin Jackson and Lord Sebastian Coe, the UK’s newest mass participation running campaign for children aims to encourage kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest, get active and have fun, regardless of ability.

Every pupil involved ran at least one mile and took away a GO Run For Fun T-shirt as a reward.

For more news buy next Thursday’s (July 24) Haverhill Echo.