So all the hard work has finally paid off and last weekend we celebrated the first annual Kids Run Free festival. With over 350 attendees, 10 races, bouncy castles, pancakes and of course David Moorcroft it was definitely a day to remember.
|Martine and David Moorcraft welcome the crowds|
The weather decided to treat us to a rare sunny day, without a drop of rain for the entire afternoon. The glowing sunshine set the mood for the day, with Nigel helping to blare out the best summer anthems - the competition was set.
Race directors - Joe, Larissa, Bryan and Steve were tasked with setting off the races with the considerable help of The Challengers - a group of over 40 sixteen year olds whose contribution to the success of the day was undeniable. Volunteers from Brantano in Coventry, Park Street Chiropractors, Raceways, Warwickshire College and 365 Academy were also present to help the day run smoothly.
|The four year olds race to the finish|
As well as the races the festival vibe was continued by the presence of several stalls and a rather large and extremely popular bouncy castle. The Big Sensory Plus stall provided by Paul Thurston showcased sensory equipment for children with learning difficulties. Whilst the Double Dutch Pancake Bar provided everyone with a well deserved treat!
Claire Maguire's Treasure Trails provided a free treasure hunt for all the kids with Flip2bfit supplying prizes to the winning kids. Learning Early also provided us with an free bike assault course, courtesy of Karen Wood. Finally Junior Junction Hairdressers were present to give kids the perfect 'do' before their photocall with our professional photographer for the day Maria Rankin.
|Gail meets Karen Wood from Learning Early|
A massive thank you to everyone who helped with the festivals success. We hope that you all enjoyed it and will show the same enthusiasm for next years event.
Remember that it is our Stratford Launch on Saturday October 6th so if you are in the area then please register and come along.
The Kids Run Free Team
All photographs copyright Maria Rankin