PUPILS were joined by an Olympic medalist when St Francis Primary School staged a special fitness initiative.

Emily Diamond, who was a member of the Team GB 4x100m squad which won bronze at Rio 2016, jogged alongside enthusiastic youngsters and answered their questions at the end-of-term School Run.

The Taw Hill school is one of many across the country to sign up to the scheme, which is organised by DW Fitness First. It is part of a long-standing partnership with the UK’s four national governing bodies of athletics and running and is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of families keeping fit together.

Tim Andrews from DW Fitness First said: “Children are great but they can cause havoc on your workout routine.

“We devised this fitness regime to help and hope it can contribute to keeping the nation fit and healthy.

“The school run is just one example of where you can fit in exercise, you just need to make sure to invest a little more time into organisation for a whole load of reward.

“There are lots of other activities with your kids where you could squeeze in a workout.”

As part of the campaign, DW Fitness First also introduced a new family fitness guide, with a selection of exercise routines designed to keep kids entertained and get the whole family moving in sync.

Built around a childs natural behaviour, the guide allows for stop-start movements and short attention spans by providing parents with an easy solution to keeping active.

The guide also includes exercises designed to deal with tantrums and distractions.

For more information visit dwfitnessfirst.com/schoolrun