Leamington Spa based children’s charity Kids Run Free is the official charity partner of the Leamington Spa Half Marathon.

As the personal mission of lifelong friends and co-founders of Raceways Events Community Interest Company, Martine Verweij and Catherine O’Carroll set up Kids Run Free in 2010.

Whilst organising running and triathlon events for adults, Martine and Catherine saw a need to create opportunities to inspire children to run. They believed that running events had to be more accessible and inclusive – the challenge was to make them more regular and free for children of all abilities to take part…. a big ask but through Kids Run Free’s ‘Marathon Kids’ and ‘Park Kids’ programmes, by the end of 2018 it is anticipated that 110,850 children will be running on a regular basis. We’re sure you’ll agree; that’s amazing!

Giving children positive and fun running experiences from as young an age as possible helps build the foundation to staying physically active throughout life with all the many associated health and well-being benefits.

Would you like to run the Leamington Spa Half Marathon on 7th July 2019 for FREE and fundraise for our children’s charity Kids Run Free? If so, please click on the link ‘Individual Fundraising’ below for a step by step guide on setting up a Localgiving fundraising page.

If you’ve already entered the #LeamHalf and are interested in fundraising for Kids Run Free then drop us a quick email and we’ll be in touch:

To find out more about the great work that Kids Run Free do please click the 2017 round up here.

Of course, if there is a charity or cause close to your own heart then we’d encourage you to run on their behalf by setting up an online fundraising page (such as Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving).

Business and Organisations

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to sponsor or partner with us – please email:

Individual fundraising

What exciting news. We are really happy to hear that you have chosen to fundraise for Kids Run Free for the Leamington Spa Half Marathon.

With the money you raise we will be able to inspire more children around the UK to be active and healthy both with our regular Park running events and with our Marathon Kids running programme in UK primary schools.

To start fundraising for Kids Run Free all you need to do is:

Create a Virgin Money Giving (VGM) Page at:

– Click on ‘Start Fundraising’
– Enter your personal details to register on VGM, if this is your first challenge on VGM
– What is your fundraising Challenge – Leamington Spa Half Marathon
– If the challenge does not show up on the list – Click on ‘Doing Something Else?’
– Enter the date of your challenge – 7th July 2019
– Charity name, please enter ‘Kids Run Free’ and our charity will be listed – charity number is 1146636
– Please set a target of £125 for fundraising

In addition to sharing your story, a short 1-2 min video works really well. Your supporters will donate because they know you, so just be yourself and express why you are taking on this challenge.


Once this is all set up, you will have a unique virginmoneygiving URL fundraising page, that you can share with your Facebook friends, tweet, as well as an email.

When you have reached your target donation please email and we will refund your entry fee for the Leamington Spa Half Marathon.

Once again, thank you from the whole Kids Run Free team for your support.

Charity of the Year

We’d love to hear from you if you’d consider making Kids Run Free your ‘Charity of the Year’ – please email:


We’d love to hear from you if you’d consider making Kids Run Free your ‘Charity of the Year’ – please email:



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