Running is a universal activity. The objective of the May Mile™ is to engage as many children as possible into a non-threatening competitive environment to see what they can do.
Success Stories and Inspiration:
“I was once a girl from Sheffield dealing with bullies and normal teenage insecurities. But I always believed and when you do that, life can get unbelievable”. Jessica Ennis-Hill
Past Messages from Zoe
Zöe's 2014 message to all May Mile™ runners is: "You can run a mile; you can run two or probably five miles if you put your mind to it. Believe in yourself and feel all the benefits of pushing your own boundaries through the May Mile™. And more importantly, enjoy it!"
Zöe's 2015 message is: "Own your run at the May Mile™ this year and race home feeling like a superhero!"
CASE STUDY 1
In 2010, I came across a young lad and asked if he was running the May Mile™. He looked at his feet and mumbled something about not knowing anything about it. I told him it was a race for him, I told him he had nothing to lose and I told him it was just fun and gave him a registration form. The day of the May Mile™ came and this young boy ran the May Mile™ because he wanted to.
In 2012 I came across the same young lad on his bicycle and asked him if he was running the May Mile™. He looked up, pulled his shoulders back and said ‘No, I’m not’. Noticing his new confident demeanour I enquired why not. ‘I didn’t realise I could run,’ he said. ‘Now I’m running in the cross-country county team!’
CASE STUDY 2
In 2014 I spoke with a parent whose child had just begun his new secondary school – quite a sporty school. She proudly told me of how her son was already in the school Athletics squad for long-distance running. She went on to confide that she believed he would never have had the confidence to trial for a position in the school team if he hadn’t been part of the May Mile™.
Without the May Mile™, a lot of children would not necessarily be exposed to competitive running and could miss out on an athletic future. The aim of the May Mile™ is to have one in every county throughout the UK.
Zöe's 2016 message is: Have confidence in your running. The result will show you how reliable your instincts are.
Zöe's 2017 message is: Whether you're watching or running, come and soak up some inspiration from the May Mile™ this year. It's infectious!