We believe in the unique energy of towns
Your Town was created to support and grow local communities with a uniquely personal brand that people can identify with.
We want to enable local people to come together, with where you live as the inspiration at the heart of everything.
Where We Began…
The first seed for Your Town was planted when our Founder, Mark White, sent himself an email in 2011 with an idea for a running event that started and finished in Hoddesdon town centre. Three years on, a chance meeting in April 2014 brought ‘Give Your Town The Run Around’ to life, and following a steep learning curve, our first event happened just 5 months later in September 2014.
A year later in October 2015, after putting on two more successful events, we decided to have a permanent presence in town and invested in our first Street Office. And so… Your Town was born!
How Your Town Unfolded…
Fast forward a few years and we’ve pursued our passion for building and celebrating community in a diverse range of ways. In December 2015, we launched our Your Town Clubs, with free weekly clubs for local runners and walkers. In October 2016 we piloted our first “Get-Togethers” simultaneously across three Hertfordshire towns with a run, walk and bike ride for up to 100 participants in each. During the summer 2017, we kicked off our “Give Your School the Run Around” programme, which included 10 local primary schools in activities to raise awareness of health, wellbeing and community, culminating in a grand finale event hosted by a local secondary school.
Building Towards the Future…
Having developed a wide range of experience in engaging with local people and businesses, we are now hoping to enable others to do the same thing in their own towns. In August 2017, we took the first steps to achieving this goal by partnering with energie Fitness to launch Your Town Clubs in their gym franchises. Over the course of September and October 2017 we launched our first two pilot clubs in Palmers Green (N13) and Banbury (OX16).
Now, in 2018 we’re planning big things! Whilst continuing to expand our reach through partnerships and collaborations, we are looking to give more and more towns the tools to do everything that we do in their own local area.
We also want to create an opportunity for towns to celebrate all that is unique about them. To achieve this, we are delighted to announce the UK’s first ever National Town Day on 23rd September 2018! Towns are welcome to get involved in any way they choose, but there will be free resource packs with a variety of suggestions, hints and tips!