The Initiative in Essex

The Daily Mile (TDM) is a free and simple initiative that aims to increase the physical activity levels of school children to help them access the physical health, mental health and wellbeing benefits every day. Download our report into the impact of the Essex Daily Mile!

What is The Daily Mile?

The Daily Mile is simple and free and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, when the teacher chooses, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.

There’s no teacher training, set up, tidy up, or equipment required.

It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile!


We recently published a webinar all about the Daily Mile, and how to implement it, which you can access here.

Why should you implement The Daily Mile in your school?

Alongside our recently published Report, we have produced a one page infographic, highlighting the benefits and impact The Daily Mile has on schools and their pupils.

Take a look at our Infographic here, or see the image below

How to Sign Up to The Daily Mile?

Does your school currently participate in The Daily Mile? Sign up using the below link, to receive a welcome pack, 1:1 support and a chance to enter termly competitions!

Once signed up, schools have the opportunity to receive free resources including maps, worksheet and stickers to complete the latest campaign.

Sign up here

Get to know Essex!

We are pleased to inform you that our latest initiative created in connection with The Daily Mile Association is now available to all schools in the Essex area.

Get to know Essex created by Active Essex – is an exciting NEW opportunity for children to discover amazing new information linked to the county they live in.

Essex has throughout the centuries been shaped by a wide variety of cultures, from Ancient Britons, Danes, Saxons, Normans, Vikings and Romans, all have left their mark on the county. Over a 28 day period, using the material available, walk, jog or run your daily mile visiting 14 key locations shown on your ” Get to know Essex “map. From Castles to seaside piers collect at least two facts from each location along the way.

We hope you enjoy your journey around our magnificent county, virtually visiting places familiar and unknown. Importantly use this resource to once again reinforce the incredible ethos behind The Daily Mile initiative, promoting social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing, as well as fitness for all school children.

Please sign up to receive your free ‘Get To Know Essex’ resources below:

Country Parks team up with The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is now featured in five Country Parks across the county. What better way to enjoy some quality family time than a walk in nature?

Head to your local country park and complete the route using the handy maps below. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!

Daily Mile Country Park Maps

Hadleigh Country Park


Danbury Country Park


Great Notley Country Park


Belhus Woods Country Park


Garon Park


Junior Park Run

Looking to get your kids involved in your local junior parkrun?

Every Saturday morning Junior Park Run takes place across Essex with runners embracing the amazing community, running with friends, breaking personal bests each Saturday at 9am.

Junior parkrun is an inclusive, free, weekly event held every Sunday at 9 am for children aged between 4 and 14 years old.

The goal is to get children more active whether they run, jog, walk, or even skip the 2km distance!

Find your nearest Essex Junior Park Run below:

Junior Park Runs Across Essex

Chelmsford Juniors

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Lake Meadows Juniors

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Northlands Juniors

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Hawkwell Juniors

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Burnham Riverside Juniors

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Maldon Prom Juniors

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Great Notley Juniors

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Harlow Juniors

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Roding Valley Juniors

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Colchester Juniors

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Clacton Juniors

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Cliff Park Juniors

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Contact Information

To get in touch, contact Tom Weller

Tom Weller

Children and Young People Projects Officer


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