The NCSEM hosted a one-day symposium drawing on the growing interest and exposure of running programmes in schools in the UK.

The event brought together key stakeholders from across sport, health, education and academia to share collective knowledge about the implementation of running programmes in schools and look at what is required to make these initiatives a success.

The day looked at some of the more well-known UK school-based running programmes such as The Daily Mile and Marathon Kids, as well as the role technology could play and the link between running and cognition and measuring physical fitness.

Areas where more knowledge is required were identified and highlighted in the symposium report that will guide future research. Key next steps include understanding how best to implement the programmes in schools, developing a consistent message about school-based running programmes that can be shared with schools and communities, and establishing best practice for monitoring participation.