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What A Time! Reflection On The Last 24 Months By The ORM Team

Well 2020 / 2021 certainly have been interesting years for everyone!

Here at ORM Virtual Towers we have been reflecting on our journey together so far whilst looking ahead into the next academic year of 2021/2022 and beyond.

In the past 24 months we have achieved the following key milestones and successes:

  • Delivered One Running Movement and Schools Running Movement Half Marathon and Marathon cumulative distances to over 10,000 participants (physical)
  • Launched additional distances including Schools Marathon, cumulative Marathon for ages 4 to 16
  • Launched adults age 17+ ORM Half Marathon & ORM Marathon Virtual options in partnership with RingPay and Up & Running
  • Delivered a mix of Virtual and Live Events (Live in 2019) across various regions and to schools, plus had “direct entry” individuals taking part (new for 2020/2021)
  • Developed further partnerships with major partners including Up & Running, National Pride, Polar, New Balance, Planet-U Energy, Women’s Running, Social Chain and Run Mummy Run
  • Developed the “Colour My Miles” mileage trackers with New Balance
  • Enhanced the board with the announcement of Yvonne Harrison and Tony Farrar joining ORM
  • Delivered the first “The AC” a group of 16 industry leaders coming together to make a difference to current and future generations’ health and wellbeing by collectively working together
  • Moved to a fully virtual offering during Covid-19 and was successful with this move with full infrastructure and delivery to homes following safe practices and procedures
  • Ensured events are available for all abilities including schools that have pupils with additional needs
  • Online offering of free One Running Movement PE classes for schools and home (parent / guardian) use for ages 4 to 7 (Key Stage 1) as part of our free education programme, available form our website with free supporting materials or via our YouTube channel
  • Our work with ORM was recognised by The RSA and Rebecca Richardson, one of our Founders, was asked to become a Fellow of the RSA
  • We spoke at various conferences, events and forums about ORM and what we are doing together including REACH Women’s Leadership Conference (presented twice in one year), the fourth annual Why Sports Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, and Active Living at Shropshire to name a few live events. During 2021 these became virtual events.
  • Partnered with Athletics Northern Ireland to launch in Belfast, ORM’s first NGB partnership
  • Worked with Telford & Wrekin Council to deliver 450 children through Schools Half Marathon with gifted places working in partnership with the Get Telford Active Grant
  • Created and announced a Global Partnership with Charity Save The Children
  • Continue to work on the gifted places programme with the first ballot entry of 80 Half Marathon (October 2020) & Marathon distance places being gifted through Run Mummy Run (collective community of over 190,000 women)
  • Named as “a genuine help and assistance” by parents / guardians during Covid-19 home schooling times
  • Creating incentivised and structured activity for ages 4 to 16 with over 1000 children and young adults completing Half Marathon and Marathon distances during lockdown #MoveForLife
  • In addition to this over 500 adults aged 17+ took part in the virtual cumulative ORM Half Marathon and Marathon during lockdown
  • Achieving 7,500 children, young adults and adults taking part during 2020/2021 academic year, which has to be one of the most difficult periods to date for everyone! (virtual)
  • Launched Energy For Movement during Covid-19 partnered with an Energy Company with simillar beliefs that has three major do good benefits for businesses, the planet and everyone encouraged to #MoveForLife, see here to find out more!
  • Activating “Bags for Young Lives” collab with Up & Running with a regional event focus #giveback for 250 school age children in Yorkshire
  • We have worked with @UKRunChat and all our partners during lockdown 1 and 2 to deliver weekly exciting competitions including …. WIN a pair of New Balance Performance Running Shoes for the WHOLE FAMILY with New Balance and Up & Running
  • Successful launch and continuation of Run for Climate Change in partnership with Planet-U Energy
  • Expanded our Charity Partnerships to include Surfer’s Against Sewage, Samaritans, digilearning and FareShare including continuing with Save the Children
  • Delivering One Running Movement  and National Pride special edition of Schools Half Marathon The Barony to get children moving in East Ayrshire. Collaborating together article link
  • Developed our People, Purpose and Planet statement including UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and why ORM is “needed” article link
  • Supported Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity by gifting 100 places for The Tree Run and helping raise valuable funds for this NHS Trust in this first collaborative honesty run whilst motivating staff and friends of the Charity to #MoveForLife article link

Looking ahead to the next academic year of 2021 / 2022, we will be ……

  • Continuing our do good and #MoveForLife work as above!
  • Activating some exciting collaborations under Energy For Movement that will see us involved in even more opportunities to #MoveForLife
  • Launching the Energy For Movement stand alone website before the end of 2021!
  • Working closely with National bodies to expand the good work of ORM and Partners to help reach more schools and communities across the UK
  • Prepping and planning for the new academic school year 2021 / 2022 with plans for live and virtual events utilising renewable energy powered venues such as The Barony with National Pride
  • Developing further incentives to #MoveForLife
  • Announcing a new partnership with an amazing digital partner to expand the virtual participation reach to 100,000 school children and young adults across the UK by the end of this next academic year
  • Continuing the amazing work with our partners to make a difference by working together, announcing also some new partners that will help us to grow and continue our #MoveForLife mission!

It has been a really good exercise (excuse the pun) to put this together so that we and you all can see all that has been achieved so far in the last 24 months under what have been challenging conditions!

We are all looking forward to the academic school year ahead and getting more #MoveForLife out there!

Thanks to everyone for continued support, bring on the next academic school year!

The ORM Team

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National Pride and One Running Movement get children moving in East Ayrshire

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

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, has recently purchased The Barony with the intention of creating an eco-therapy wellness centre on the site.
As part of their investment in the area and in line with their core values, National Pride has funded a number of places for school children in the surrounding area of The Barony to complete their own Schools Half Marathon The Barony this year.

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 health and mental health.

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

All young runners will receive 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.

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.“

National Pride is one of the Foundation Partners and Powered by Partners working together with founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams. Foundation Partners include Polar, Up & Running, New Balance, One Water, McLEAR and Planet-U Energy, UKRunChat, Women’s Running, Run Mummy Run, Social Run Group, Breathe Unity and Social Chain.

Go to for more information about One Running Movement and the various ways to #MoveForLife

You can also like One Running Movement on Facebook and follow @onerunmovement on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news #MoveForLife

ORM and Planet-U Energy Align with Energy For Movement

ORM (One Running Movement), a collaborative evolution for movement and change #MoveForLife, is delighted to announce a Powered By Partnership with Planet-U Energy.

Shared aims of the new innovative partnership include generating gifted activity places for children and young adults across the UK through a new specific Energy For Movement business to business initiative. In 2021, ORM events are also due to take place at Planet-U Energy powered venues and stadiums that use the latest renewable and sustainable energy technologies, helping to reduce ORM’s carbon footprint.

Planet-U Energy (PUE) is the UK’s fastest growing, independent, renewable energy company. The business was established in 2018 and operates nationally from the Head Office based in Leeds City Centre. Their aim is to help all businesses, from offices to stadiums, factories and schools, to save time and money whilst reducing their carbon footprint, by switching to renewable energy and using the latest sustainable technology.

One Running Movement (ORM) was established to help to create more active communities, break down barriers of entry to activity, provide social intergenerational connectivity and support the creation of healthy habits. By encouraging school age pupils, siblings and families to get active, ORM is utilising the power of sport to improve health, strengthen resilience, build mental health and increase overall confidence through running, daily activity and movement.

The Energy For Movement initiative has been launched to support ORM’s mission to generate and provide free activity places for ages 4 to 16, and PUE’s drive to make renewable energy totally transparent, so that every company can take action today for a more sustainable tomorrow. Any businesses switching to renewable energy with Planet-U Energy and signing up to be MOVERS with ORM will see a reduction in their annual energy bills as well as a % of their annual energy bills being converted into movement through this unique partnership, Energy For Movement.

Grant Nicholson, Chief Executive of Planet-U Energy said: “I am very keen that Planet-U Energy tackles social change as well as climate change, so I am very excited about the opportunity to work with ORM, their partners and our collaborative MOVERS to ensure that our communities become healthier and more active.”

Rebecca Richardson, Co-Founder of ORM commented: “We are a strong force of nature individually but even more powerful by working together. We are delighted to announce this energised and innovative Powered By Partnership with Planet-U Energy focused around Energy For Movement. Becoming MOVERS with your business is easy to do, saves you money, contributes to saving the planet and helps more 4 to 16 year olds to be active. We are all winners here by adopting an approach that focuses on sustainability, movement and natural resources.”

More information about the Powered By Partnership can be found on the One Running Movement website. Join the evolution for movement and change Energy For Movement by emailing #MoveForLife #EnergyForMovement #ForPlanet

Planet-U Energy is one of the Foundation Partners and Powered by Partners working together with founders Rebecca Richardson and Joe Williams. Foundation Partners include Up & Running, Polar, New Balance, One Water, McLEAR and National Pride, UKRunChat, Women’s Running, Run Mummy Run, Social Run Group, Breathe Unity and Social Chain.

Save the Children is the global charity partner for One Running Movement.

Go to for more information about One Running Movement and the various ways to #MoveForLife.

You can also like One Running Movement on Facebook and follow @onerunmovement on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news #MoveForLife

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