Take part in Shoreditch fun run later this month

Youth charity Street Level is staging the 5k run

Budding London Marathon runners can warm up closer to home later this month, when a youth charity stages a 5k challenge in Shoreditch Park.

A group of youths from Street Level, in Pitfield Street, came up with the idea for the fun run, which takes place on Saturday March 26, and secured funding from the council-run Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund.

Street Level project manager, Claudia Turbet-Delof said: “Learning how to live healthily has been one of the key themes of our youth groups over the last year.

“That it was a group of young people who came up with this idea shows that the youth of Hackney are excited by the prospect of having the Olympic Games on their doorstep, and want it to inspire the whole borough to get fit.”

Street Level are offering a free health check-up and training sessions at the Britannia Leisure Centre to help those who sign-up prepare for the challenge, and learn how lead a healthier lifestyle. Runners will also be provided with a running t-shirt and training pack.

All Hackney residents can take part, for more information see www.streetleveluk.org