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Children in Lichfield could soon get the chance to keep on the move as a charity aims to begin a regular running event in the city.

A Park Kids event

Midlands-based Kids Run Free uses the free community events run by volunteers to help families stay active together.

The news follows a test event over the weekend ahead of a planned Park Run event starting in the city in 2020.

Martine Verweij, from Kids Run Free, said success elsewhere had led to the plan to roll out the initiative to areas including Lichfield:

“We know how important exercise is for children, but we’re also aware of how Park Kids can benefit families as a whole.

“It provides quality time together and helps get everyone active.

“Our volunteers also benefit massively from the Park Kids events as volunteering can help with social isolation, loneliness and can give a great sense of purpose in life.”

Martine Verweij, Kids Run Free

“Healthy, happy and more confident”

The charity is keen to see schools in Lichfield sign up for their Marathon Kids programme too.

The scheme encourages children of primary school age to run or walk the equivalent of multiple marathons over a year.

Martine added:

“At the heart of what we do is giving children the chance to be healthy, happy and more confident.

“Marathon Kids supports schools in giving all children the opportunity to be active at a pace that suits them.

“Despite the best intentions of some teachers and parents lots of children aren’t getting the recommended amount of daily activity.

“The childhood obesity crisis which we are in the middle of is leaving children with physical and mental issues which can continue into adulthood.

“Kids Run Free makes exercise fun and achievable no matter your age or ability.”

Martine Verweij, Kids Run Free

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