Ten-minute-mile challenge arriving in Ashford at weekend

Contributed by editor on May 16, 2018 - 02:55 PM

Can you run a mile in 10 minutes? Want to earn money while you exercise this weekend? Then the Mason Mile might be just the thing for you.

Young people and their families can run, jog or even walk the distance at the free family event taking place in Victoria Park this Sunday 20th May. All who participate will receive a wristband, but there’s an added bonus for children and teenagers too.

If you’re under 16 you’ll get 50p for taking part in the challenge, £1 if you complete the challenge in under 10 minutes and £2 if you complete it in under 8 minutes. Pets get 50p for taking part too!

However, the challenge isn’t all about what you can earn but also what you can learn – the Mason Mile challenge supports you towards a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle. You don’t need to be a runner to join, all you need to do is accept the fun challenge!

The event aims to encourage the following positive traits/life lessons in the children and teenagers who participate:

· Motivation, self-control and self-discipline
· Decision-making
· Hard work
· The understanding that life can be tough and competitive
· Moral and social responsibility to look after yourself
· Helping others less fortunate
· Leadership and teamwork
· Valuing exercise and diet
· What you can do for society, not what society can do for you

The Mason Mile is open and accessible to all ages and abilities, and is designed to help you make simple steps to better physical and mental health – not only can you challenge yourself by undertaking the mile long exercise, but there will also be NHS health checks, water and free fruit available all day.

The event will be held in Victoria Park this Sunday 20th May. The race starts at 12pm but the event opens at 10am. If you can’t make this one then another will be held on Sunday 16th September.

More information about the event can be found here

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