Adam Holland became an Ambassador for Kids Run Free in July 2018, joining us on our mission to get more kids moving. The Devon born ultra-marathon and endurance athlete has won more marathons/ultra-marathons than anyone else in the UK, putting him in the top five in the world for marathon wins. He has run over 440 and counting, of which 170 were under 3 hours. His fastest marathon to date was achieved in Loch Ness in 2018, which he completed in 2 hours 24 minutes.
Adam has also won several Guinness World Records and at just 23 years old he’d completed 100 marathons, making him the youngest person in Europe to achieve this. He’s also the fastest person to run 10 marathons in 10 days, with an average time of 2 hours 45 minutes and is the England Athletic 50 km champion for 2017.
His greatest feeling of achievement, however, comes from inspiring others to run. He regularly visits schools to share his experiences and coaches at a local Primary School. This desire to support young runners stems from his memories at school where he struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia, and lead to a lack of confidence. However, after discovering a love of running and the ability to race, he found an inner self belief that he could achieve anything if he put his mind to it, and he hasn’t looked back since!
Adam is a father of two young children and knows how important physical activity is for their health and wellbeing:
“It’s important to encourage sport from a young age and build the foundations for a healthy lifestyle right from the start. I am honoured to be an Ambassador for Kids Run Free and share their passion for empowering children to lead healthier lifestyles and to have fun in the process!”
Martine Verweij, Founder and CEO of Kids Run Free said:
“We are honoured to have Adam as one of our Ambassador’s. It’s so important for us that our ambassadors reflect the values of the charity and we believe that Adam is the perfect person to represent us. He’s inspiring, dynamic, open and confident; an amazing role model for the next generation. To have someone so passionate about what we do, actively promoting our cause and raising money for us is fantastic. We also have Sir Mo Farah as our Global Ambassador and are very proud that we have these wonderful role models as champions of our charity”.
In March 2019, Adam ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of Kids Run Free. He completed this colossal journey in only 17 days and raised over £7,000 for us.
You can watch the entire journey on his YouTube channel so click here to be inspired!
Most recently he completed the Lake Orta 10 in 10 and managed to win for the 3rd year in a row – just wow!
To find out more about what Adam is up to, check out his website