Thursday, 1 August 2013

Annual Festival 2013

Hi everyone!

The hard work paid off once again and last weekend we celebrated our second Kids Run Free Annual Festival. With hundreds of attendees, Kids Run Free races, bouncy castles, colour mazes, ball pits, wellie wanging, cake sales, strawberries, festival food, raffle prizes, dancing, bike courses, penalty shoot-outs, music and much, much more it was certainly an enjoyable day.

In the midst of a heat wave, the weather granted us a little relief with sunny spells, cooler temperatures and a light breeze – perfect conditions for running! As the crowds flooded in, Nigel cranked up the summer songs and the festivities began.

With the help of our valued volunteers, race directors Martine, Steve and Larissa kicked off the races with fun warm-ups to get the young runners bursting with energy and ready to race.

In between all of the running, our festival-goers could explore the many stalls and attractions put on by our sponsors, local businesses and members of the Kids Run Free team. Alongside the bouncy slide and giant inflatable colour maze, children could weave their way through the bike course on the strider balance bikes donated by Learning Early. Tumble Tots also came along with their wonderful play apparatus for the younger children and the talented girls from Step By Step Dance School treated spectators to some brilliant dances and cheer routines! Sixth moon art provided face painting and Junior Junction joined us to style the kids’ hair ready for their action-shot, photographed by our professional photographer for the day, Mike Adams.

Many more festival treats and amusements were provided by members of the Kids Run Free team including wellie wanging, penalty shoot-outs, Jo and Carmen’s cake sale for their charity sky dive (which they’re bravely doing to raise money for Kids Run Free!) and Fiona’s strawberry stall, all proceeds of which were donated to Kids Run Free.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the festival the success it was. We hope you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to the same enthusiasm at next year’s event.

Remember that our Kids Run Free events continue to run throughout the summer holidays on the first Saturday of each month so please do come along.

Many thanks

The Kids Run Free Team

(To view all of the official photographs from the event click here.)

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