The Daily Mile Santa Run School Competition

Grab your Christmas jumper or Santa hat and lets get moving as Northern Ireland does The Daily Mile Santa Run on Friday 2 December!

The virtual mass participation event will see local schools from early years to secondary level, right across Northern Ireland get involved to help raise awareness of children’s mental health and wellbeing.


To get as many local schools involved in this free, fun and festive event, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have a fantastic prize on offer. The winning school will receive a visit from local Tokyo 2020 Olympian Russell White who competes in Triathlon. Russell will meet the winning class and can do a Q&A about his personal experiences in sport and physical activity, as well as run a Daily Mile with all the children.

To win, please follow these steps:

Our winning picture will be selected at random – so it’s true what they say, you need to be in it to win it!

*By submitting photos as part of this competition, you give Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and getactiveabc consent to share these photos on its website and social media pages for the sole purposes of promoting the Daily Mile and this competition.

The Daily Mile Network NI co-chair and Stranmillis University College Lecturer Dr. Brenda McKay-Redmond is encouraging schools to sign up to Northern Ireland does ‘The Daily Mile Santa Run’.

“Over 390 schools in Northern Ireland have signed up to The Daily Mile and now that we have children back in schools, we want to remind and encourage schools to continue to participate in The Daily Mile Santa Run. 

“Fifteen minutes of exercise, jogging or walking, whilst outside when it is safe to do so, can lead to everyone becoming happier, fitter and stronger. Self-esteem, wellbeing and satisfaction can also improve mental health, so let’s keep our hearts and minds healthy by having fun, fitness and freedom in the fresh air, by continuing to love The Daily Mile Santa Run.”

The Daily Mile is a transformative initiative where children run, jog, wheel or walk for fifteen minutes every day, in which time, most children will average a mile or more. The initiative has enjoyed phenomenal success since it was started by then Head Teacher, Elaine Wyllie at a single primary school in Stirling. Today three million children worldwide are now running a mile a day.

To register your school, for free, and receive a fun, downloadable Daily Mile Santa Run resource pack and certificate, click here.

For more information on how to get involved in The Daily Mile programme, visit click here.

For any further information on this initiative or the competition, please contact Amanda Mogey, Sports Project Officer at .

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