A charity dedicated to inspiring children to become healthier, happier and more confident.

Meet The Team

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Martine Verweij 

Martine is the co-founder and CEO of Kids Run Free. Martine has competed in the World Triathlon Championships and long distance Mountain Bike races such as the Trans-Alp and the Cape Epic. Martine works closely with the charity's trustees to ensure that Kids Run Free is soundly governed and financially secure. She has worked hard to expand and enhance Kids Run Free since its founding and has overseen the charity's expansion out of the West Midlands.

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Carmen Old

Carmen is the Marketing & PR Officer for Kids' Marathon who has been with the Kids Marathon and the Kids Run Free team since 2012. Prior to working at Kids Run Free, Carmen was a Communications Officer Assistant at the European Union Parliament. Carmen is fluent in several languages, including Portuguese and French.


Justin Mullis

Justin is Kids Run Free's Volunteer co-ordinator. As well as working at Kids Run Free, Justin pursues a parallel career in the Sports and Leisure industry.
Justin is a a keen runner and tri-athlete and has competed in a number of races organised by Raceways.


Sam Young

Sam is Kids Run Free's Project Manager for Kids Marathon's. Sam has responsibility for identifying and planning new locations for Kids Run Free events and supporting Martine with the 'Kids' Marathon' Schools initiative.
Prior to joining Kids Run Free, Sam worked in Events Management at Warwick Castle and Operations Management for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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Julia Travis

Julia is Kids Run Free's administrator and is responsible for the general administration and smooth running of the Kids Run Free office. Julia was born and bred in Leamington. Prior to Kids Run Free, Julia was an editorial assistant at the Leamington Courier. Julia is an excellent swimmer and has represented Warwickshire.


Fiona Bothwell

Fiona is a consultant for Kids Run Free. Prior to working for the charity, she worked as Business  Manager for the Open Centre in New York and as Programs Manager for the Fitness Industry Association in London. She is a qualified Personal Trainer who ran a successful business early on in her career.


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Rob Hotchkiss

Rob is the Office Assistant at Kids Run Free and is responsible for assisting the team in general administration and the running of the Kids Run Free office. He is a Sports Science graduate from the University of Edinburgh. Rob had previously volunteered at our office and, subsequently joined our team after graduating. He is a keen rugby player and runner, as well as hoping to study a masters degree in Sports Science in the near future.

Our Trustees

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Michael Beart 

Michael joined the board of Kids Run Free as a trustee in August 2013. He is a chartered accountant and member of the ICAEW working in London's investment management sector. Working with Kids Run Free has allowed him to indulge his love of running while putting something back into the community.

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Peter Goodfellow 

Peter is an advising trustee on the board of Kids Run Free. He is a specialist surgeon at Claremont Hospital Sports Injury Clinic and a consultant surgeon for the NHS. He was a competitive athlete for over 20 years and has three children.

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Alistair Mackay

Alistair is Training Manager for Raleigh International. Raleigh work through young people to improve health, community resilience and environmental sustainability in some of the world's poorest countries. Alistair has previously worked in outdoor education for children both in the UK and overseas, and has always been passionate about youth development. He applied to join Kids Run Free as a Trustee in 2013, as he felt their culture and vision for encouraging healthy, active children aligned closely with his own.


Joanna Welch

Joanna is currently Cycling Operations Director at Skyline UK. She has worked in Sports Event Management for three years, both at Kids Run Free's sister company, Raceways, and as Marketing Manager at Stuweb, a Midlands based Race Timing and Promotion company. Joanna is a committed environmentalist and has also worked as a volunteer in Guyana.

Our Volunteers

Kids Run Free would not be able to carry out its activities without its brilliant team of volunteers! They are:



Simron Kandola – Volunteer Recruitment Assistant

Simron is the Volunteer Recruitment Assistant at Kids Run Free and is responsible for recruiting more volunteers at the Kids Run Free running events across the UK, as well as supporting Sisi Tsoi, the Project Manager for the Kids Run Free Regular Running Events. He is currently a final year student studying Human Resource Management & Law at the University of Stirling, is a passionate volunteer and aims to do a Masters degree in Human Resource Management sometime next year.

There's always loads going on so if you're thinking of getting involved or want to help out in any way, please email Carmen for any Office roles or Sisi for Race Event roles.

Alternatively, call us at 07711 349592 or 01926 336628



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