Local Glasgow primary school collectively achieves goal of running around the world with The Daily Mile

Cardonald Primary School in Glasgow has successfully circumnavigated the globe by running, jogging, wheeling or walking The Daily Mile, recording 47,949 miles, the equivalent to over 1,830 marathons. The school started completing The Daily Mile in October 2021 and to increase motivation and excitement, decided to turn the activity into a challenge.

The children at Cardonald Primary School were then able to plot their journey across the globe, learning about the countries, continents and oceans they crossed throughout their journey before finally returning to Glasgow over the space of 2 years. Adding this element meant that the children were always eager to reach their next target and explore as they go.

Diane Strang, Principal at Cardonald Primary School said: “The Daily Mile has become part of our school routine, with the children reminding teachers if they haven’t done it that day. Adding this exciting challenge of going around the world whilst completing The Daily Mile has really motivated the children – they love seeing how far they’ve travelled and really enjoy learning about the journey along the way.”

Founder of The Daily Mile Elaine Wyllie MBE said: “I’m very proud of what Cardonald Primary School have achieved.  Children and staff have done brilliantly to circumnavigate the globe by going out to do their Daily Mile together. They have learned about countries and cultures across the world whilst at the same time staying fit and having fun together. Well done Cardonald!”

The Daily Mile initiative was started by former Head Teacher Elaine Wyllie MBE of St Ninian’s Primary in Stirling, Scotland in 2012 and has grown every year, with the support of INEOS.

208,310 children are currently taking part in The Daily Mile across Scotland with over 4.5 million children doing so globally, across 19,000+ schools and in 94 countries. It is endorsed by some of the most successful athletes including elite marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time Sir Ben Ainslie, Baroness Tani Grey-Thompson, Andy Murray and the All Blacks.


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