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What A Year! Reflection On The Last 12 Months By The ORM Team

Well 2020 certainly has been an interesting year so far for everyone! We have been reflecting on our journey so far whilst looking ahead into 2021 and beyond.

In the past twelve 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
  • 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
  • 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 collective working, becoming an annual event that we / ORM chair
  • 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 (more to follow in 2020 / 2021), 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
  • 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 & Marathon distance places being gifted through Run Mummy Run (collective community of over 120,000 women) in October 2020
  • 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 1000 children and young adults completing Half Marathon and Marathon distances during lockdown
  • 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, which has to be one of the most difficult years to date for everyone!
  • Launched Energy For Movement during Covid-19 partnered with Planet-U Energy that has three major do good benefits for businesses, the planet and everyone encouraged to #MoveForLife, see here to find out more!
  • Prepping and planning for the new school year 2020 / 2021 with plans for live and virtual events utilising renewable energy powered venues with Planet-U Energy and The Barony with National Pride
  • 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 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

 

  • Activating exciting collaborations under Energy For Movement that will see us involved in even more opportunities to #MoveForLife and launching Energy For Movement website before the end of 2020!

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

Thanks to everyone for continued support, bring on the next school year and 2021 events!

The ORM Team

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 energy@onerunningmovement.com #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 www.onerunningmovement.com 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

One Running Movement

COVID-19 Update (17th March)

One Running Movement confirms two Shropshire events for 2020

In memory of Steve Watkins

On 9th December 2019 Steve Watkins passed away unexpectedly after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, aged just 54 and leaving behind his wife Sarah and two young boys Oliver and Sam.

Steve was a well-known and much respected photographer (amongst many other achievements), and he kindly offered to take photos at Schools Half Marathon Brighton & Hove in June 2019 for us. His wife Sarah is the Regional Lead for East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent, with both Sarah and Steve believing in the power of sport and spending many family holidays biking, hiking, skiing and swimming.

Steve has left many legacies behind, and we feel proud and privileged that some of the best photos capturing the ethos and spirit of One Running Movement were taken by Steve, this includes the iconic photo shown above.

We had known Steve on a personal level for over a decade, and he truly made this world a better place. His kind, calm and strong personality will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Steve was a very active person with a huge love for his family and the great outdoors, actively encouraging and nurturing his wife’s and boys’ enthusiasm for sports and running. Sarah will be running Brighton Half Marathon in February with some friends in memory of Steve and to help raise funds for a trip to the mountains to scatter his ashes.

Click here for further details and if you want to make a donation in memory of Steve.

RIP, Steve. Your legacy will live forever and you will never be forgotten.