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Monday 24 April

Local schoolchildren join Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill to try VitalityMove

Lucky children from local schools today met Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill at Chatsworth House to get an exclusive taste of VitalityMove, her new running festival taking place at Chatsworth in Derbyshire on Sunday 9 July.

More than 30 children were invited along by Jessica, who became a national hero by winning world and Olympic titles during an illustrious career. They joined Jessica in a one mile run around the stunning grounds where the event will take place, before getting the opportunity to chat to the Sheffield icon in a question and answer session. Before leaving each child was given a special voucher that challenged their parents to take part in VitalityMove free of charge.

The new event, created by Jessica to encourage families and friends of all abilities to get moving, is a day of fun, exercise and entertainment. Those who fancy tackling a traditional running distance can try the spectacular VitalityMove 5k or 10k challenges, while an incredible one mile running course themed around different musical styles will also be available throughout the day. Attendees also have the chance to try their hand at challenges in the Sports Zone, which will be filled with hands-on opportunities to attempt new activities. Music for the day will be collated by legendary DJ Trevor Nelson, who will be attending alongside Jessica on 9 July.

Speaking about her time with the children this morning Jessica Ennis-Hill said: “I really enjoyed meeting all the local schoolchildren, and jogging the first VitalityMove Mile with them. Encouraging young people to be more active is really important for me and to get families to be active together too.  I got so much out of sport at a young age and want to inspire others to give it a go. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the children back here for VitalityMove Chatsworth, and I’ve challenged them to bring as many friends as possible, and their mums and dads too.”

The schools were invited by Jessica in conjunction with the event’s official local charity, the Devonshire Educational Trust, who raise funds that enable many disadvantaged children and young people to experience the inspiring mix of history, art and the natural environment that Chatsworth has to offer.

Jessica teamed up with her long term partner, Vitality, to create VitalityMove due to their shared vision around health and wellness.

Entries into VitalityMove at Chatsworth House are now available. Entries for children under the age of 16 are completely free, and adult prices start from just £15. Advance booking is essential, and places can be secured through the official website