This idea of the Daily Mile was started by St. Ninian’s School in Stirling who, four years ago, got their children running a mile a day at any point in their school day. Aiming for greater concentraion in class as well as fitness.
From observing significant improvements in classroom behaviours, it has inspired schools across the country to launch similar programmes. St. Polycarp’s School in Surrey has adopted the daily mile already and they reported:
“Parents really like it and we have been inundated with messages of thanks and positive emails about it.
Parents have reported their children being calmer and sleeping better and many parents continued the daily run with their children over the holidays.
Teachers are finding the children calmer and more focused in class directly after their run.”
Karen Trafford, Deputy Head, St. Polycarps School, Farnham
The Run to Rio takes the daily mile concept and has packaged it for primary schools in Surrey into an easy to execute, free and fully sustainable programme, to mark the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Each School will collectively walk/run the 5,700 miles from Surrey to Rio. The programme is suitable for every child, regardless of age or levels of fitness.
Run to Rio will start immediately after the Easter holiday and will run for 12 weeks. The last opportunity to record mileage will be Friday 8th July 2016.
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