Get the kids up and active at Willen Lake

Kids Run Free launches at Willen Lake on Saturday October 17
Kids Run Free launches at Willen Lake on Saturday October 17

There’s nothing like a good long run in the park to keep energetic youngsters out of mischief.

This weekend Midlands-based charity Kids Run Free will be launching their latest Saturday morning session at Willen Lake North Park.

The popular events will then be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 9am.

They’re accessible to children of all abilities with individual races for each age category, ranging from 50m to more than 1km.

The Milton Keynes launch is supported by funding from the MK Community Foundation and will be the 25th event for the growing charity based in Royal Leamington Spa.

Mayor Cllr Keith McLean and Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster have been invited to attend.

A spokesperson said: “All ages are welcome from toddlers to teenagers. No running experience required – just turn up and enjoy. Our motto is ‘Start young, stay fit.’”

So whether your child is a budding Olympic athlete or just finding their running legs, there’s something to suit everyone.

An added incentive is free gifts to collect with every 16 events attended.

The Kids Run Free mission is to create fun, sustainable running opportunities for children aged up to 16, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity and allowing them to become happier, healthier and more confident.

It’s completely free – you just need to register your child(ren) before you attend.

The charity is also looking for parents willing to get involved as volunteers.

If you’re interested contact volunteer co-ordinator Justin Mullis at

So come along to the inaugural Kids Run Free event at Willen Lake North Park on Saturday (October 17). Races start at 9am but be there by 8.45am for warm-up and registration.

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