PE provider to deliver Colour Runner warm up sessions
Tunstall based Bee Active, one of the leading sports and physical education providers to primary schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire, has announced that it is to deliver two warm up sessions at Colour Runner, Stoke-on-Trent’s annual 5km and 2km family fun run.
The agreement will see Bee Active delivering 10 minute warm up sessions ahead of both distances to ensure that participants are physically prepared for their run.
Described by organisers, Caudwell Children, as ‘the most colourful sporting event in the region’, Colour Runner will take place on Saturday 4th April 2020, in Central Forest Park, Sneyd Green, in Hanley.
Caudwell Children is a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The run will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
Colour Runner sees participants blasted with powder paint as they make their way around the course, leaving them covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours.
Bobby Mills, aged 32, established Bee Active with his brother Ben, in 2013, and he’s delighted to be delivering the warm up sessions for a second consecutive year. As he explained: “We pride ourselves in helping all the pupils that we work with to leave school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle, and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
“Colour Runner fits perfectly with our ethos as it encourages increased participation in sport.
“Not only that its 2km course is fully accessible making it possible for children of all abilities to register and get physically active.”
Ben Mills, aged 30, a former professional football with Macclesfield Town FC and Chester, says that there is a logical reason for delivering the warm up sessions. As he explained: “Not unsurprisingly we love to ensure that children and young people are suitably prepared for the physical activities that they undertake, so delivering the sessions is perfect for us!”
Bobby, who trained and worked as a graphic and web designer for many years, says the pair both had ambitions to work together. He said: “As Ben was coming to the end of his football career he moved into non-league football playing for clubs like Leek Town, Newcastle Town and Witton Albion.
“That’s when we decided to work together and Bee Active was born.”
The brothers, who both attended Clayton High School and Newcastle College, currently deliver physical education sessions in over 60 schools and nurseries across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and have expanded in to Macclesfield, Market Drayton, Congleton and Winsford.
Bobby, says the pair are delighted by the success of the company and says as they continue to grow they are keen to support charitable causes. “We have 24 staff in employment,” he explained. “And that rises to over 45 with freelance workers over the summer.
“We’ve been aware of the fantastic work that Caudwell Children does for some time so if our support helps them to supply even more specialist equipment, treatments and therapies to disabled children in the region, we’ll be delighted.”
Entry to the 5km event is £22 for adults and £15 for children (aged 14 and under). Entry to the 2km run is £15 for adults and £9 for children. Children can run unaccompanied from the age of 15, whilst children 14 and under must run with a responsible adult.
Entry includes a FREE T-Shirt for adults and FREE sunglasses for children and every runner who crosses the finish line will receive a Colour Runner medal.
“We’re asking those who register for the event to set themselves a £50 fundraising target,” said Kate Shirwin, challenge and events coordinator at Caudwell Children. “But we’ll provide runners with a fundraising pack, containing an A-Z of fundraising ideas, to make sure that they smash their target.”
Participants can register at the event on the day.
For further information and to register for the event visit the web page here.