ORM and National Pride get children moving in East Ayrshire

Schools Half Marathon The Barony Special Virtual Edition

One Running Movement (ORM), a collaborative evolution for movement and change #MoveForLife, brought Schools Half Marathon | The Barony supported by National Pride and Active Schools to East Ayrshire in autumn 2020.

With COVID-19 related measures and restrictions in place across Scotland, the importance of movement to benefit both physical and mental health is more relevant than ever before.

National Pride, a Community Interest Company established in 2018, recently purchased The Barony with the intention of creating an Eco Therapy Wellness Park on the site.

As part of their investment in the area and in line with their core values, National Pride funded a number of places for school children in the surrounding area of The Barony to complete their own Schools Half Marathon The Barony.

Schools Half Marathon is organised by One Running Movement (ORM) which was established to help create more active communities and support the creation of healthy habits, utilising the power of sport to improve physical and mental health.

The 2020 Schools Half Marathon The Barony took place virtually, with the children completing their own cumulative 13.1 miles at school or at home before, supported by Active Schools East Ayrshire Council.

All young runners received a Schools Half Marathon Colour My Miles Tracker, a wall tracker, a 6 star wristband awarded on completion of six miles, a One Running Movement technical t-shirt and a special edition finisher’s medal. The special edition “The Barony A-Frame“ medal is based on the huge pit-head winding gear frame which is all that remains of the colliery, reflecting the area’s history and heritage.

At the time of launch Irene Bisset, Chair at National Pride, said, “The Barony is an exciting, new project for National Pride and we are delighted to support local ORM activities. These fit perfectly with our belief in the role of the natural environment in wellness, physical and mental health.

“We are very proud to fund free places for primary school aged children in East Ayrshire, working with One Running Movement and Active Schools to encourage the future generation to be active. Being outside and experiencing nature has never been more important.” 

Joe Williams and Rebecca Richardson, Founders of One Running Movement, added: “One Running Movement is very much aligned with National Pride’s mission, ethos and core values. We enjoy working with the team and continue to make a difference to current and future generations through the power of sport and movement, with health and wellness at the forefront of everybody’s mind.

“The Barony A-Frame is a symbol of local pride and hope, and we are sure that the special edition medals earned by the young movers will find a proud place in their homes.“

Physical Activity in Scotland Overview:

(reference Public Health Scotland updated 14th January 2021)

“Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of premature death in Scotland. Evidence shows that even small increases in activity can help to prevent and treat chronic diseases and improve quality of life.

Physical activity has multiple health, social and economic benefits.

In order to positively impact peoples health and well-being at a population level through physical activity, strong leadership is needed across:

  • policy
  • planning
  • provision and delivery of services.

This strong leadership is needed at local, regional and national level to ensure the right environments are available for all that promote and support people in being active regularly.

Changing culture and improving health and well-being at the individual and societal level can be achieved by all of the below:

  • ensuring people have informed choices about their activity levels
  • raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity
  • encouraging people to be active across the course of their life

Providing opportunities to participate in physical activity can build confidence and ability. This can enable people to be active throughout their lives and achieve the health, social and economic benefits”.

National Pride working with One Running Movement intend to play a key role in helping to implement increases in activity in Scotland to impact on long term health and benefits of physical activity through this partnership and implementation work with local authorities.

Images of the event were shared across social media channels by the Primary Schools taking part, see some of the positive activity images below shared on Twitter by two of the Primary Schools. One Running Movement and Active Schools East Ayrshire with Official Sporting Bodies were tagged in including Sport Scotland to see the children and young adults progress mile by mile to reach their 13.1 goal and special “The Barony” medal.

NOTE: The cumulative Schools Half Marathon is still ongoing due to the pandemic and we will see finisher pictures once the schools are back and the excited children can complete their very own Schools Half Marathon | The Barony supported by National Pride and Active Schools EA.