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.

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Foundation Partner National Pride officially announce The Barony

Former Barony pit site in East Ayrshire to be developed as an Eco-Therapy Wellness Centre

Over 100 acres of currently disused land at the site of the former Barony coal mine in East Ayrshire has been sold to a firm of property and regeneration specialists who have paved the way for the development of an Eco-therapy Wellness Park.

Identified by National Pride UK (Community Interest Company), as the perfect site due to its natural beauty and historical mining background, the company is committed to doing business differently, using local partners and suppliers to deliver maximum benefit to the community; delivering training and employment and working closely with the environment to operate in a carbon-negative fashion.         

The site near Auchinleck is adjacent to Dumfries House and the Barony ‘A’ Frame memorial garden. The new owner’s plans include a desire to work with the Barony ‘A’ Frame Trust to enhance the permanent memorial and surrounding area as a place of contemplation and in memory of the miners lost during the life of the colliery.

Irene Bisset, Chair of National Pride, says, “This is the first of several developments planned by National Pride and our investor partners, to take disused land and better utilise it to deliver community benefit.

“Our backers range from international investors who appreciate the need to respect the planet, to local groups and individuals who each bring their talents to enhance community beneficial projects.

“National Pride understands that physical and mental wellness has never been more important, especially in the very testing time of lockdowns, and that physical and mental wellness is best delivered by enhancing access to the natural environment.

“Huge potential exists within abandoned and post-industrial spaces. Our task is to combine resources to ensure health and social benefits are maximised, whilst providing investors with commercially sustainable returns over the long term.” 

David McDowall, interim Head of Planning and Economic Development at East Ayrshire Council welcomed the proposals. He said, “The Planning Service has held early discussions with National Pride to consider the development opportunities for the brownfield site as an Eco-Therapy Wellness Centre.  As with any brownfield site, the Council is keen to explore the design proposals to establish the economic and environmental benefits to the local community.

“Once the development proposals are finalised, they will be subject to public consultation as part of the planning process, before the merits of the development against the Local Development Plan are considered by the Planning Committee.”