VICTORIA Park in Widnes was full of fun and laughter as more than 700 children kept fit.

Pupils from eight primary schools joined world and 800m medallist Jenny Medallist for the Go Run for Fun on Wednesday.

The Mayor of Halton Cllr Ellen Cargill started the event with help from sports leaders from Cronton College.

Having encouraged more than 107,537 children to join 190 fun run events, the Ineos campaign is already the biggest children’s running initiative in the world.

By the end of this year it aims to encourage many more kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest and get active.

Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe, who launched the idea, said: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running early in their lives.

“The idea is simple – to get children out of the house having fun.

“If our children catch the running bug early they’re more likely to stick to it and this can only lead to them having more active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”

Helen Birrell, sports development officer at Halton Council, said: “We’re happy to get behind the GO Run For Fun campaign for another year.

“It’s a brilliant initiative and these events go a long way in helping encourage youngsters to give running a go at a young age.”

World and European 800m medallist Jenny Meadows, said: “The children are always full of energy at these events having been spurred on by the team during the warm-up.

“It’s really great to be able to help so many youngsters see the benefits of running.”

Paul Loughran, head teacher of St Michael's Primary School in Ditton, said: "The children really enjoyed taking part in the event.

"We are extremely proud of our year two class who joined in with fantastic enthusiasm."