Youngsters cheer for the 10th anniversary of The Daily Mile. Pictures: Ian Burt

Pupils at Holy Cross Church of England Primary School in Runcton Home were on their marks to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Daily Mile.

The youngsters limbered up last Thursday and ran their daily mile as part of the event, joining thousands of other schools around the world in recognition of a decade of the running initiative.

Over the past 10 years, The Daily Mile has evolved but the principle remains the same, to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children – regardless of their age, ability or personal circumstances.

Runners proudly donned commemorative T-shirts donated by The Daily Mile for the children to wear for the birthday run and the school organised a party atmosphere to mark the occasion.

Headteacher Emma Zeil said: “The Daily Mile is such a fantastic initiative and we’re really happy to have taken part in this national celebration.

“Lots of our pupils enjoy getting out each day for a run around and we know just how much good comes from consistent physical activity. 

“It’s great for the children in so many ways and we hope to continue this for another 10 years and more.”

A total of 87 countries are involved in The Daily Mile and last month the Universities of Stirling, Edinburgh and Highlands and Islands found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise, such as The Daily Mile, is beneficial for pupils’ cognition and wellbeing.

The Daily Mile starts at 8.30am at Holy Cross school to help give pupils a boost at the beginning of the day, with students across all years invited to take part.

Mrs Zeil added: “Emotional wellbeing and focus in the classroom often go hand in hand and we’re committed to supporting our pupils in those areas in as many ways as we can.

“The Daily Mile really compliments this and is an activity that we continue to embrace.” 

Holy Cross Primary School is a newly-formed school following the amalgamation of Runcton Holme  and Wormegay Church of England primary schools.