Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Kids Run Free Annual Festival - The Hard Work Pays Off

Hi Everyone,

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

 Several other crucial people were involved in the production of the festival: Eleanor was key in the media promotion, The Usual Studio produced and designed the invitations, Rugby's Wild and Free remained our fresh fruit donor, Asda Leamington's presence encouraged advertisement and Leamington Roundtable remains the official sponsor of Kids Run Free Events in Leamington Spa.

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.

Many Thanks

The Kids Run Free Team

All photographs copyright Maria Rankin


1 comment:

  1. It was such a great event. I had an excellent time. See you all next year for more. :~)