Schools Running Movement
Schools Half Marathon is part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events.
Schools Running Movement is a collaborative revolution for movement and change founded by Joe Williams and Rebecca Richardson.
Schools Half Marathon: Primary Schools
Schools Half Marathon: Primary Schools gives children aged 4-11 the chance to complete their very own cumulative Half Marathon in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
With a Half Marathon representing 13.1 miles, the initiative sees pupils complete the first 12 miles at school over the course of a term or half term, before running the final 1.1 miles at event runday in front of teachers, family and friends.
The children are treated to a full event experience including race bibs, a marshalled route, music, commentator and a finish line gantry, allowing them to enjoy and experience the thrill of a big sporting event and to be cheered on as they complete the final leg of their Schools Half Marathon.
The children receive a technical t-shirt after completing mile 12 at school and a fantastic Schools Half Marathon medal along with a carton of One Water at the finish line for their efforts. There are smiles all round as the young runners celebrate their achievement with their friends, teachers and generations of families.
Why Take Part?
Schools Half Marathon is very much an inclusive challenge where over a period of time children can develop healthy and potentially life changing habits to activity. They are under no pressure to compete and yet they gain huge confidence in achieving something as significant as their first cumulative Half Marathon.
The initiative is designed to engage and motivate children throughout their Half Marathon journey. The young runners are provided with a dedicated achievement chart so they can look forward to logging each mile they complete, and each school has a tracker chart for the classroom to log the miles. Children taking part are rewarded along the way at mile 6 and 12. Many schools organise a weekly mile at a set time, and parents and teachers have been known to join in for a bit of exercise and fun!
Schools Half Marathon is a brilliant initiative for children to get active, adopt a positive attitude towards exercise and reduce screen time with time outdoors. In addition to the physical benefits, the challenge promotes inclusion and boosts resilience, confidence, commitment and general wellbeing.
Runday is either at an event venue or a local running track to to the area. Schools Half Marathon helps to break down the barriers of attending a running track or large scale mass participation event from the age of 4 upwards.
We encourage volunteering at the Runday events from families, teachers, our partners, running clubs and communities.
Feedback from the Schools Half Marathon has been nothing but hugely positive, and we are looking forward to helping young runners across the country complete their very own Half Marathon.
Our Promise to You
Our aim is for Pupils, Parents and Teachers to all have a positive, safe and stress-free race day which is delivered through our teaching experience, strong understanding of safeguarding from both from a sports and schools environment and mass participation event delivery experience.
You can read all about our team members below.
MEET THE TEAM
Matt has over 20 years PE Teaching experience and has been a Primary Schools PE Consultant for the last 10 years. We are proud that Matt is the Schools Half Marathon Safeguarding Lead.
“I have a real passion for giving young people a chance to be physically active in a safe and positive environment. In my current role I help schools shape their Physical Activity provision and map this against the current Primary PE and Sports funding. I also run lots of school’s sports festivals in my local area”.
Rebecca (Becs) has worked in the sports industry, and specifically running, for over 25 years. She is a big believer in the power of sport to enhance people’s lives, and she is passionate about making a difference for future generations by instilling a positive attitude towards activity and from an early age. Rebecca is delighted to have joined forces with Joe to bring the Schools Half Marathon, part of Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events, to school children across the country and help youngsters of all abilities to gain confidence through sport.
As a father of three, Joe is passionate about encouraging children to keep fit and healthy – and reducing time spent on screens and electrical devices as much as possible! He believes that every child should enjoy a variety of activities and have the chance to get muddy knees outside. His dream of giving youngsters the chance to get active and work towards something they can be proud of became real when Joe and Rebecca successfully introduced the Schools Half Marathon to Shropshire in school year 2016 / 2017.