MARATHON Kids in Redditch is going from strength to strength with up to 100 children rising to the challenge every single week.
In fact the Redditch group has gone so well they’re proving an inspiration nationwide.
Based at the Abbey Stadium, the concept is simple – children target running a certain distance each week, logging their kilometres as they go.
There’s certificates and prizes courtesy of Asda as they pass each milestone, 5km, 10km, 21km until they complete the full marathon of 42km.
“It’s fantastic and the support from Asda and the Abbey Stadium has been amazing,” said mum Nicky Robinson, whose eight year old daughter Grace is half way to her third marathon while toddler Amelia, aged three, has just started taking to the track.
“It’s free, open for all ages and abilities and children can do it any way they want. One young lad is doing it walking backwards, others are skipping it.
“It’s so popular even mums and dads are joining in and having fun too.”
Thanks to the backing from Asda prizes can include anything from drinks bottles, to T-shirts, sweat bands, medals, sweets and Subway discount cards.
“Recently we held a raffle for the Marathon Kids Families to raise funds for the sessions, local businesses and attractions kindly donated family days out, entrance tickets and sports equipment.
“We are very lucky to be supported by Asda and Harry from Subway Washford and Moons Moat who also donates rewards.”
Marathon Kids Redditch is currently seeking support with the Asda Green Token Giving Scheme, supporters can vote online once every seven days for 10 weeks, www.asda.com/green-tokens.