About Us

Kids Run Free is a charity which aims to promote an active, healthy and happy lifestyle for children.

We believe children need to be encouraged to regularly take part in outdoors activities, so our events are designed to get kids up and running from an early age.

We also believe that to sustain children's interest these activities need to be fun - that's why we try to make our events family occasions, encouraging parents to come along with their children and make good use of their neighbourhoods' recreational facilities. 

Currently we run events in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Leamington Spa, Solihull, Stratford/Bidford, Nuneaton, Coalville, Northampton, Bedworth and Richmond/Twickenham. Visit our events page for more details. 

We have made fantastic progress in the three years since Kids Run Free was founded, with 3500+ youngsters registered already. We have launched three new venues in 2014, and have plans for four more.

Kids Run Free is a charity and is reliant on sponsorship, donations & funding from Raceways Events.

Meet the team  

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Martine Verweij Martine co-founded Kids Run Free and is now the trustee and Volunteer Managing Director of the charity. Martine has a first-class Athletics pedigree, having competed in the World Triathlon Championships and long distance Mountain Bike races such as the Trans-Alp and the Cape Epic. At Kids Run Free, Martine works closely with the charity's trustees to ensure that Kids Run Free is soundly governed and financially secure. She has worked hard to expand and enhance Kids Run Free since its founding and has recently overseen the charity's expansion out of the West Midlands, with new events in Northampton and London.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Carmen is Kids Run Free's Marketing and PR co-ordinator. Prior to working at Kids Run Free, Carmen was a Communications Officer Assistant at the European Union Parliament.
Carmen is fluent in several languages, including Portuguese and French.

Our Trustees 

Michael Beart cropped  Michael Beart Michael joined the board of Kids Run Free as a trustee in August 2013. He is a chartered accountant and member of the ICAEW working in London's investment management sector. Working with Kids Run Free has allowed him to indulge his love of running while putting something back into the community. 
simon garstin cropped 2   Simon Garstin Simon is an advising and financially supporting trustee on the board of Kids Run Free. He is a business owner and a practising chiropractor in Leamington Spa, specialising in sports injury treatment and prevention, spinal and joint rehabilitation and neurological conditions.
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Peter Goodfellow Peter is an advising trustee on the board of Kids Run Free. He is a specialist surgeon at Claremont Hospital Sports Injury Clinic and a consultant surgeon for the NHS. He was a competitive athlete for over 20 years and has three children.

alastair cropped   Alistair Mackay Alistair is Training Manager for Raleigh International, giving young people the opportunity to make a difference in some of the world's poorest communities. In his spare time Alistair is a keen skier and mountaineer as well as dabbling in amateur acting and ultimate frisbee.

Our Volunteers

Kids Run Free would not be able to carry out its activities without its brilliant team of volunteers! They are:

Pete Welch – administrator
Ai Funaki – finance assistant
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There's always loads going on so if you're thinking of getting involved or want to help out in any way, then just drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 07711 349592!