Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Fitness expert wants children to enter 10km

A FITNESS instructor is hoping to organise a team of children to take part in this

A FITNESS instructor is hoping to organise a team of children to take part in this year’s Henley Standard 10km race.

Eileen Unwin wants parents to encourage their children to spend more time outside so she is putting together a group for the event which takes place at the same time as the Henley half marathon on October 11.

The 10km course starts at Henley Rugby Club and then goes along Marlow Road, up Icehouse Lane to Fawley, down Fawley Hill and then back to the start via Fair Mile.

Mrs Unwin, from Fawley, hopes to enter about 20 to 30 youngsters from Go Kids, a business she started last year.

It caters for five- to 11-year-olds and runs games and a trail run through the woods in Remenham. Children meet on Saturday afternoons at 4pm behind Leander Club and the new season will begin on September 12. Mrs Unwin, who has four children of her own, said: “There’s so much pressure to push children in exams but what I felt as a parent is that children learn a lot better if they are able to take advantage of being outside.

“I’m hoping that Go Kids turns into a membership club so the kids feel part of something really special. It’s about building confidence in themselves.

“The 10km is such a fun event with such a great atmosphere and people watching are often inspired to say ‘I want to give it a go’.”

Entries are also open for the 33rd Henley half marathon and 10km, which are organised by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge.

The beneficiaries include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, several local charities and Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

For more information and to enter, visit www.henleyhalfmarathon.org

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