PEOPLE from across Havant and Waterlooville are being encouraged to enter into the spirit of the area’s own version of the Olympic Games by taking part in a fun run.
The Havant School Games, which is organised by Havant Rotary Club, involves more than 15,000 children from 46 schools in the area and it kicks off with the School Run on June 24.
The one-mile route will take in the picturesque lake at Staunton Country Park.
And for those with young children, there is a shorter buggy run around the park.
Everyone taking part must pick a school to run for and winners will get their points added to that school’s overall total, boosting their chances of winning.
It’s a great opportunity for runners to raise money for a good cause of their own choice and for projects supporting Havant’s young people.
Dan Smith, 25, will take part in the buggy run with one-year-old son Louis.
The account manager, of Purbrook Way, Leigh park, will be donating his points to his former school, Oaklands, in Waterlooville.
He said: ‘It’s a brilliant idea and a great way to get young people into sport.
‘I was involved in athletics at school and although we had sporting events I wish we had something like this.
‘It’s an amazing thing for the children to be involved in and I’m sure they will never forget it.’
The School Run kicks off a week of sporting competition throughout the borough with events at professional sporting venues such as the Mountbatten Centre, in Portsmouth, and the Horizon Leisure Centre, in Havant.
A gala closing ceremony at Horizon on June 29 will honour the winning infant, junior, primary and secondary school.
Havant Rotary president Shirley Varnish said: ‘If the Rotary Club wasn’t doing something special for the kids in the borough some of the children will only have a connection with the Olympics through the television screen.’
Registration on the day will be between 11am and 2.30pm to allow runners the flexibility to plan their day.
Professionally-organised warm- up sessions with music will be provided by the Horizon Leisure team and there will be performances by school groups throughout the day.
The mayor and mayoress of Havant, councillors Gerald and Elaine Shimbart, will start the event and Havant MP David Willetts is hoping to be there too.
The entry fee is £5 per adult, £2.50 for youngsters under 11 and £10 for family groups of up to four.
Full details, entry forms and sponsorship forms are available on the Games website hrsg.co.uk.
Online registration is available.
Alternatively contact Chris Fuller on 07818 228806 or email Mr Fuller on firstname.lastname@example.org.