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Kids Run Free
Kids Run Free create free, fun and sustainable outdoor running opportunities for children, from toddlers to teens, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity and encouraging them to become9GBLeamington SpaWarwickshire
  1. About Kids Run Free

    Kids Run Free is a registered charity (charity number 1146636) established by Martine Verweij and Catherine O'Carroll in 2010, we are based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

    Our aim is to get as many children across the UK running and being active from as young an age as possible. To do this we offer two running programmes Kids Run Free, Parks & Marathon Kids, Schools.

    Our message is ‘Start young, Stay fit’. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to exercise as early as possible. More children are overweight now than ever before, and being physically active can help them avoid this, as well as providing a stepping stone should they choose to move on to other sports

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  3. Our business is running!

    Our business is running!

    With two running programmes we are very busy offering children opportunities to run either in their local park or at school. These programmes are:

    Kids Run Free (KRF) regular running events - hosted in parks across the UK for toddlers to teens. All locations are managed by amazing volunteers who we train to deliver the events on a monthly or twice monthly bases.
    These free events are fun and give children the opportunity to try running in a non challenging environment. We support children of all ages and abilities to start running or to build their confidence allowing them to move onto other challenges such as Athletics Clubs or other areas of sport.
    For more information about Kids Run Free locations please visit

    Marathon Kids (MK) is a running programme for Primary Schools and is easily achievable for all children from Reception to year 6. MK is fully inclusive regardsless of running ability as it allows them to set their own goals and track their distance over the course of the academic year. KRF offers the schools all the tools they need to inspire and motivate their children to run up to four marathon over the academic year, whilst also continuing to support the school during this time.
    For more information on Marathon Kids please visit

  4. We are looking for..........


    Kids Run Free is a very small team of just 9 dedicated individuals but who achieve an awful lot. We are always looking for like minded people with a passion for grass roots sports to join us and help us achieve our goals.

    We work in small offices in the lovely Georgian town of Leamington Spa. Our offices are in no way palatial but they serve us very well.

Get to know

Samantha Young

Chief Operations Officer

I have been working for Kids Run Free for three years, in this time there have been many changes and developments. As the charity rapidly grows I have been given...Show more


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