Pocket Race Guide: Family-friendly Events

Take the whole family along to your next race this summer: you get support, the kids get a fun run PB of their own


Posted: 29 June 2010
by Ben Palfreyman

Standing on the sidelines at races can be no fun at all for your family - so why not give your loyal supporters a piece of the action with fun runs just for them. These summer races feature fun runs for all the family to enjoy.

Photo by Phil O'Connor

Salomon Forest Trail Epping Forest 10K (Essex, July 1)

Forest trail running is an excellent test of fitness and agility, and this new addition to the popular Salomon calendar runs through one of the few surviving ancient forests in the UK.

Although a little muddy (as you might expect) the paths on this route are mainly good - the route has been designed as an introduction to off-road races, rather than a gruelling test. The hilly forest-scape might add minutes to your time, but the beautiful views are well worth it - and you'll get a great workout.

Running simultaneously to the main race is a 3K fun run for kids or beginners - a great opportunity to get the whole family out of the city for the evening and into the fresh air. Enter online now.

The Devil's Chimney Chase (Cheltenham, July 3)

If you're looking for a challenge, this could be right up your street. And when we say 'up', we mean up... all the way to the top of this famously steep climb.

The almost 10K route follows footpaths alongside open fields and a small brook before steadily climbing steeply up towards the summit of the hill. When you near the top, the course gets more difficult before evening out with fantastic views over the whole picturesque Regency town, and then drops down through the wood to the finish.

While you are being tested by the Devil's Chimney, younger children have an opportunity to bag a success too - there's a fun run for children under ten. A faster race, the Stinger Mile, has been organised for those aged 10 to 15. It's a flat multi-terrain lap - perfect to ease them into competitive running. Enter online now.

River Run 5K (Wiltshire, July 14)

A day out with the whole family by the river rarely fails to be pleasant, and the friendly community atmosphere and competitive spirit of this local event makes it the perfect way to spend a sunny Wednesday evening. Entire families often attend the event - with the kids racing in the fun run and the parents in the 5K.

Like the River Run 5K, the fun run starts and finishes beside the picturesque river Avon, and every finisher bags a medal.

The adult route covers a mixture of grass, gravel and paved surfaces with one third on a quiet ­- but not traffic free - road. At the end of the race, there'll be plenty of supporters (and free t-shirts) present to encourage you home. Enter online now.

The Derwent River Relays (Derbyshire, July 17)

This increasingly popular event is a multi-terrain four-stage relay race along the flat footpaths by Derbyshire's River Derwent - accompanied by views of the surrounding countryside and Belper's historic East Mill.

The race is open to running clubs, corporate teams and groups of friends. If you're feeling energetic, you should note that runners are allowed to run a leg for more than one team - but no more than one leg for each team.

Fun run contenders can look forward to a very flat grass course with a choice of one, two or three half-mile laps.

For those in the family who aren't racing, this event has good facilities for spectators too, with the start, finish and handovers all taking place in a great atmosphere in the rugby grounds - right in front of the clubhouse balcony. Commentary is provided throughout the race, adding to the excitement.

Other attractions include refreshments and a licensed bar, music over the PA and a penalty shoot-out. Enter online now.

Wellingborough 5 (Northamptonshire, August 1)

The whole family will need to work on their speedwork for this race - the Wellingborough 5 is furiously fast.

The two fun runs are 50 metre and 100 metre sprints on the field of The Old Grammarians rugby club. Also on the grass is the one mile fun run (for anyone aged 8 and above) - run this and you'll be treated to drinks and a goody bag.

The main five mile race is a point-to-point romp which takes runners on the flat through countryside villages such as Mears Ashby before looping back to finish in the rugby grounds.

Once you're done, head to the bar - it's serving all day. Food is available and there's a cake stall which comes highly rated. Enter online now.

The Darlington 10K (Durham, August 8)

One for PB-chasers, this town centre 10K is mostly flat and fast. Its two-lap format should also make for perfect pacing.

With around 1500 runners regularly taking part, the race is held on traffic-free roads and comes to a fast finish in the town centre to the cheers of a crowd of supporters.

The 10K will be supported by two other runs - the 3K junior race for young athletes aged between 11 and 16, and the family fun run, which is open to the youngest of budding runners.

The 10K includes chip timing - and you can even take advantage of a text results service, which sends you your race time and final position as a text message after the race. Enter online now.

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How can Runners World have missed the Orpington Races when they have been taking online entries for the past three months?

THIS SUNDAY 4th July is the 13th ORPINGTON RACES

www.orprunners.com

Alongside the 10k we hold three 2k Races for school aged children and a 2k Fun Run for the whole family to take part in.

This years events programme

9.40 am 2k Senior              School Years 7/8/9/10/11

10.00 am  2k Upper Junior    School Years 5/6

10.20 am  2k Lower Junior    School Years 3/4

11.00 am  10k Main Event     Ages 15 and over (held under UK Athletics rules

12.30 pm   2k FUN RUN       All Ages

All paying entrants receive a medal  - and although Runners World online entry is now closed we will be taking entries on the day     


Posted: 30/06/2010 at 18:53

Fantastic Event with

2k Senior     School Years 7/8/9/10/11             59 Finshers

             1st Boy Thomas Bennett 8.00

             1st Girl  Niamh Hubbard   8.29

2k Upper Junior    School Years 5/6           110 Finishers     

             1st Boy Harry Simmons      8.12

             1st Girl  Jessica Keene        8.47

2k Lower Junior    School Years 3/4          106 Finishers

             1st Boy Angus Harrington  8.36

             1st Girl  Florence Smith     9.56


Posted: 05/07/2010 at 08:27

Anthony Nolan's Royal 5k Romp - Sun 22 August - Regent's Park, London

This brand new charity event is another one suitable for the whole family. 

There is an elite race for the serious runners amongst you and a fancy dress fun run where everyone can walk, jog or run at a more relaxed pace.

With musical entertainment during and after the event, as long as the weather holds up, it should be a great day out for all the family! 

All proceeds go to Anthony Nolan, a registered charity that provides lifesaving stem cell transplants for people with leukaemia.

Visit www.anthonynolan.org/royal5kromp for more info or to sign up online.


Posted: 29/07/2010 at 14:41

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