Push chair half marathons

I want to find events , half marathons to run with my baby in her push chair

17 messages
02/08/2013 at 21:18

I have been running for about ten years and in te last 12 months I have a beautiful baby girl who wakes up early. So I bought a push chair for running and 4 times a week I run at 5 or 6 am to help her sleep. My mileage has increased and speed ok so would like to find an event in south west where I can run with A push chair. Preferably so would love to have a go at a half marathon with her as already at 6-8 miles with her. Please help me find an event .

cougie    pirate
02/08/2013 at 21:30
Why race with her ? By all means run - but why pay - travel with baby - strap her in - make her sit there for a couple of hours - travel back....

Running races are for runners. Not ideal for pushchairs for trip hazards etc.

Let her play with her mum and you do your race ? Everyone is happy then.
03/08/2013 at 08:37

What if she cries, needs you, etc etc? You might have the longest half marathon in history, with all the stop-starts...

03/08/2013 at 21:39

The world record for running a half marathon with a buggy was set in Norwich with a time of 1hr 15. you better get training. An excellent idea, I hope you find one to accommodate you.

03/08/2013 at 21:47

I suspect any race that lets you run with a pushchair might ask you to start at the back. Which would probably be ok if you're a really slow runner, or not bothered by a time. If you're average paced though or faster, you'll end up catching others up and trying to dodge them. Which is probably going to be irritating for you and them. Plus you'll be dodging bottles or cups and people stopping suddenly. I'm just not sure it would be much fun.

03/08/2013 at 22:01

Slightly off topic but if you are taking her out to get her to get back to sleep then how are you going to teach her to get back to sleep on her own?  Why does she wake at 5, is it for a feed, does she need blackout blinds?

05/08/2013 at 08:14

I think this is great you take your baby out, im sure any race would let you enter with a push chair maybe it's worth looking at any event near you, I know some do state disabled access so maybe it's worth speaking to the event organiser I really can't see why you wouldn't be aloud.

05/08/2013 at 08:39

Any race ? Think not Gary... Always check with the organisers first 

05/08/2013 at 08:42

+1 with Cinders & Cougie

09/08/2013 at 12:27

I did a half last year where someone ran with a bugy, but it was very lowkey (less than 200 runners) and I think that would be the key. In larger events it would surely present a health and safety risk that few organisers would be happy about.

04/10/2013 at 14:54

wow I'd love to have a go at that!!!   I started running with an old hand me down which was really hard to push and steer.   I wasnt getting on very well with it and was getting grumpy!!!!   I've just treated myself to a new buggy - Baby Jogger Summit x3....it is AMAZING!!!!   Why did I wait so long!   really recommend it.   It steers really well and has huge wheels so it feels effortless and my pace has quickened up!!!  so happy x

 

04/10/2013 at 21:44

I think Bristol HM may allow pushchairs, best to check. 

I got up to 10 miles with my daughter in her buggy but then she got heavy and I also has a heavy hand me down buggy so now she stays with her daddy and brothers. 

I bet your other half loves that quiet hour in bed (I know I would) when you take her out. Good for you.

08/10/2013 at 11:40

How old is your daughter?   I ran with my 20 kilo niece yesterday with the baby jogger and I managed 5 miles.  Maybe because the sun was shining!  i bought it from buggybaby.co.uk.  they are really friendly too so can advise you if it's suitable....

maybe your husband will treat you, if it means one less child to look after!  i know that's how mine felt! 

21/10/2013 at 23:21

I think you are inspiring!! I have an online shop www.babyrun.ie, we deliver to the UK for £10 and specialise in running buggies. I run 10K a couple of times a week with my little girl in a Joovy Jogger and up to 6k with my Kelty double jogger (this is with a five year old and 3 year old in tow!!) Its a great way to get out and get moving with your little one.

23/10/2013 at 10:57
cougie wrote (see)
Why race with her ? By all means run - but why pay - travel with baby - strap her in - make her sit there for a couple of hours - travel back....

Running races are for runners. Not ideal for pushchairs for trip hazards etc.

Let her play with her mum and you do your race ? Everyone is happy then.

I think what Cougie is trying to say is, it's quite a stupid idea and no one wants to run alongside a pram.

23/10/2013 at 12:12

When I first ran the Great Scottish Run a couple of years ago, I saw a dad and mum and their little boy in a running buggy, and thought how nice it was to see that.  So not everyone gets annoyed by them!

My 2 y.o daughter wouldn't be happy to sit in a buggy for 90 or 100 odd minutes whilst I pushed her round, so we've not invested in a running buggy.  But I reckon if we did, she'd not mind a 5k parkrun every Saturday morning.

For parkrun or a half marathon, I'd speak to the organisers to make sure the paths are accessible for starters - there's plenty of races with steps up onto the pavement and into park paths, etc.  I guess the short answer is if the race is ok for chair racers, shouldn't prove inaccessible for buggy runners?

23/10/2013 at 13:11
HomeBrew wrote (see)

When I first ran the Great Scottish Run a couple of years ago, I saw a dad and mum and their little boy in a running buggy.


That's one big buggy, who was pushing them


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