Monthly children’s running event launches in Victoria Park

Children set off from the starting line
Children set off from the starting line
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The launch of a monthly sports event saw around 80 children gather in Victoria Park on Saturday morning for an hour of running activities.

Children aged two to 12 took part in the first Kids Run Free event on August, 6, where they were cheered around circuits of various lengths by parents and families.

Children and their families at the first Kids Run Free event

Children and their families at the first Kids Run Free event

The morning’s activities were organised by Denise Gibbs, 36, of The Drive in Worthing, who was so inspired by the event in Portslade that she decided to bring it to Victoria Park.

She said: “I’m really happy with how it went. It was amazing to have so much local interest.

“The idea is to get children active, so that they grow up getting up early, going outside and getting involved in sport, and seeing that as a normal thing to do.

“I’ve got three boys who are all different ages so they can’t go to the same clubs together, which are quite expensive. This is totally free and it’s really inclusive for all ages.”

The races, which were led by 13 volunteers, began at 9am when Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman announced the start of the event after registration and a warm up.

Circuits started at 50m for the under two’s, with the longest at 250m for children aged five and over, who were given a band for every lap that they completed. Everyone received a sticker and race card at the end, which they can bring along each month to track their progress.

The event is part of an initiative by the charity Kids Run Free, which helps local communities organise the activities at local parks and schools at more than 30 locations in the UK.

The next Worthing event will be held at Victoria Park on Saturday, September 3, starting at 8.45am. Parents can register their children in advance at: www.kidsrunfree.co.uk

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