This weekend, the sun shone over more than 150 children, racing round the track of Edmondscote Athletics Club in Leamington Spa.
They had come from all over the Midlands for the “Festival of Running.” This is the third year of Kids Run Free’s annual festival. Children, parents and volunteers from all of Kids Run Free’s 10 locations came to the charity’s home town, Leamington Spa.
Like all Kids Run Free events, it was free and accessible to 0-16 year olds, and open to kids of all abilities. Along with running, children could also buy ice cream and there was also a raffle. Leamington Mayor John Knight and local MP Chris White came to show their support for the Festival of Running and inspire children, parents and volunteers. Here is the Mayor talking to some kids.
The event started at 10:00am, with a set of Kids Run Free Races for different age groups that lasted till 11:15. After this came the Kids Marathon celebrations. Unlike previous Annual Festivals, this year’s Festival of Running was held in conjunction with the Kids Marathon. Those of you who follow Kids Run Free will know that this is a new project that takes Kids Run Free’s activities into primary schools, involving children running the equivalent of a marathon in their own time. The Festival of Running gave children a chance to finish their Kids Marathon in style, in front of their friends and family. Here are friends and family showing lots of support.
At 12:00, children were awarded their Kids Marathon certificates to celebrate how far they had come – well – run! The children that won the marathon were Martha Freem, Elliot Sallmarsh, Kelly-Marie Flynn, Joshua Farrel, Marie Timms, Zoe Cooper and Alex Roberts and three lucky kids were even presented with their Kids Marathon medal! Here is one kid, looking very happy to receive his Kids Marathon certificate.
The Festival of Running was supported by generous sponsors. The Festival of Running Raffle was possible due to the generosity of Big Blue Cuddle, ASOS, Stone the crows, Vue Cinemas Leamington, Blueberry Hill Patisserie, Head Leamington. Finally, thanks to Bridgestone Tyres for providing the lions share of the funding, and to their long running help and support to Kids Run Free throughout the year. Also thanks to Goldcrest Cleaning for funding crucial aspects of the event, such as the T-shirts that the kids loved wearing.
Yours Dashingly, Dash