On Friday 30th April, thousands of children in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough took part in England Does The Daily Mile, a nationwide virtual mass participation event aimed at getting children active and raising awareness of children’s mental health.

44 local schools and 11,088 children joined over half a million others up and down the country to do their Daily Mile. The Daily Mile Local Coordinators at Living Sport, Anna and Alana, were so excited to get involved in the day by visiting one of our local Daily Mile Schools – Houghton Primary School.

Houghton Primary School have used The Daily Mile to keep their pupils connected during school closures and it has been a pivotal part of their ‘Covid Recovery’ strategy as children return to school. It has helped them give the children an important break from classroom work, as well as help build up their stamina and fitness levels after lockdown. Anna and Alana spent the day with them on Friday 30th April to join the classes as they took part in England Does The Daily Mile.

Reception to Year 6 all ran their Daily Miles throughout the morning, and we had the pleasure of joining in and finding out why they enjoyed The Daily Mile. From the youngest to the oldest pupils the positivity and enjoyment was clear with children sharing comments such as "I like being outside", "It helps me to be healthier" and "I like trying to get a personal best each time".


The Daily Mile Lead and Year 3 teacher, Amanda Read said "It is lovely to see the children enjoying themselves, smiling, encouraging each-other and having a sense of achievement when they complete their Daily Mile."

The standout moment for Anna and Alana was seeing all the children cheer their classmates over on as they reached the end. The encouragement and support from each other created an electric atmosphere and helped everyone make it all the way to the end. It was such a fun day filled with laughter, smiles and lots of running! We would like to say a huge thank you to Houghton Primary School for organising the days so that we could safely join them as they took part in England Does The Daily Mile.

About The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is a national initiative, supporting schools to get children fit for life and fit for learning, by encouraging them to run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their primary schools and early years settings. This physical activity promotes social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, as well as fitness. You can register your school for free here.