Thanks BOTF. I sensed it was a case of reining them in for myself, without making it a drudge for him. It was difficult on my part judging what speed to start off at, as I hadnt run with him before, so I did start cautiously. Hence also my comment earlier that I would recomend getting an idea of what they were capable of before the Parkrun itself.
Im glad you posted, BOTF, your words have helped a great deal. Im going to let him do a proper sprint finish if hes up for it next time!
Yes, Im with you on that, HW, to see them do so well. When I was a child if you were no good at running, there was no encouragement to try to improve.
Today, the Parkruns offer so much. And to do part laps as you have done is a very good idea.
Really interesting to find this thread. My son is 7 and we do some of our local orienteering events with me shadowing him round white and sometimes yellow courses (approx 1.5-2.5km). He always goes off too fast, gets a stich, walks loads and then tears off again until the stitch gets him again. Not sure what to do about the stitch thing - is this part and parcel of the going off too quick? Am trying very hard to keep my mouth shut and let him lead the pace although it's very hard sometimes!!! Because he then walks more than runs he sometimes ends up being last which discourages him, a shame as he loves the map bit. I guess if I can just encourage him to do more walk/jog/walk/jog we'll get there.
My daughter is nearly 5 and chomping at the bit to do some 'proper running' - she's not quite old enough to do the orienteering yet but I think when she takes off there will be no looking back. Hadn't thought about parkrun, although our local one is 45 mins away but we've got a forest trail 5km series in the summer so think we'll start building up for that. Will take a look at that kidsrunning site though.
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