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