Mini Milers go virtual

By 18th November 2020

The 2020 Mini Mile Races may have been cancelled due to the the Covid-19 pandemic but that was not to stop our courageous Mini Milers who set out to prove they could still achieve their one mile challenge virtually.

From back gardens, local parks and pavements, and with the support of parents, family or friends, 336 children and teenagers signed up to earn their Mini Mile medal.

From fundraising for a charity, to keeping fit in lockdown or just for fun, they all did amazingly well and are all shining stars in our eyes. 

Here are just some of their inspiring stories and reasons to take part…


Age: 8

Who did you run with? A parent

“I wanted to help raise money to find cures for all the different types of cancer and maybe one day I will invent a machine that cures it so nobody has to die”. Sidney fundraised for Cancer Research UK in memory of his Grandad.

Bobby Canning

Age: 9

Who did you run with? A parent

“Bobby wanted to do the Mini Mile to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Sadly Bobby’s grandad recently lost his fight against cancer and all of Bobby’s friends and family are so proud of his achievements. So far he has raised £593.75!” 

Libby Howick

Age: 8

Who did you run with? Another Mini Mile participant

“I thought it was really fun to do the Mini Mile with all of year 3 in my school. I have been training by walking to and from school each day-that equals 3.3 miles! I am enjoying it so much, that I am going to continue walking to school.”

Samuel Watkins

Age: 8

Who did you run with? With a parent

“Sam had to do his Mini Mile in the garden as he has had to isolate from school for 2 weeks (a child in his year group tested positive for Covid). We ran from the front to the back garden about 25 times! We’re doing a daily mile to keep fit while he’s stuck at home.”

Mia Page

Age: 8

Who did you run with? With a parent

“My mummy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2019 at just 35 years old, I wanted to run the Mini Mile again this year and raise money for vital research to help people like my mummy to have targeted therapies and less harsh treatments.”


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