Baby on board – the best running buggies on the market

best running buggies 2018

If you miss those long Sunday runs now you’ve got a tot in tow, a running buggy is an essential purchase. Designed for parents who want to pick up the pace, whilst their little one (hopefully) enjoys the ride, these specially designed pushchairs don’t come cheap.

Whilst most can be used for walking too, we’ve put three of the newest models through their paces, to ensure they are worth the price tag.

Related: How does running with a buggy affect my running form? 

What to look for in a running buggy:

Wheel position: Most running buggies will have a lockable front wheel that can be fixed in a straight-ahead position for running, or set to swivel when walking.

Handle height: Whilst most buggies have adjustable handlebars, if you are especially short or tall, it’s a good idea to test one first. Also, if you’re sharing the pram, ensure it fits both of you comfortably.

Handbreak: The best running strollers will also have a hand break, which comes in handy on the move.

Folding: Ensure the pushchair is easy to fold down post-run and that it will fit easily in the boot of your car, or in a cupboard if this is your second buggy.

Related: Woman shatters triple-buggy pushing record in half marathon 

Which are the best running buggies on the market 2018?

The best mid-range running buggy: Mountain Buggy Terrain, £499, amazon.co.uk 

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Key features:

Adaptable: suitable from six months to 25kg.

Swivel front wheel that has an optional lock for all-terrain options.

Medium weight (12.9kg).

One-handed fast-fold mechanism.

Overview:

The greatest feature of this buggy is its adaptability: you can use it from when baby is six months old until they weigh 25kg; and it has a retractable leg rest for toddlers. The swivel front wheel means you can get in and out of shops, but you can lock it when you’re on a run, meaning you can use this as your day-to-day buggy.

The run test: 

Prerun: Easy to set up; and the clever one-hand fast-fold action means it collapses in seconds.

1st run: Loads of smart features, such as magnetic peek-a-boo flaps to check your child without stopping or disturbing them.

2nd run: On a sunny day, the sun canopy’s limited range does not always shade little one’s eyes.

3rd run: Rain. The compatible rain cover – arguably more useful than the two free water bottles – costs extra. Home we go.

4th run: Very smooth ride; an adjustable tracking device on the front wheel ensures you stay on course, even over rough ground.

Our rating: 8.5/10


The best running buggy for running off-road: Out ‘N’ About Nipper V4, £238.99, amazon.co.uk 

best running buggies 2018 - out 'n' about little nipper v4

Key features:

Lightweight (9.8kg).

Fixed front wheel; large wheels (16-inch).

Suspension.

Overview:

The low weight of this buggy is much appreciated on a steep hill; also, I now understand the importance of a hand strap on the downhill. There are two pockets in the back of the seat and one in the back of the canopy, and it’s all waterproof. A very good all-rounder at a sensible price.

The run test: 

Pre-run: A bit fiddly to put up and collapse the first time. But wheels slot in and release quickly, and it folds down small.

1st run: The suspension and big wheels work a treat; my baby falls asleep on the bumpy track
I run down.

2nd run: It takes a while to get used to a fixed front wheel – instead of turning you have to lean into corners, but it means more stability over rough terrain.

3rd run: The seat doesn’t recline fully flat. But it is padded and baby seems to enjoy the ride.

4th run: It’s raining; fortunately the included rain cover has very good coverage.

Our rating: 7/10


The best, premium running buggy: Bugaboo Runner, £593, pramworld.co.uk 

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Key features:

Air-filled tyres with suspension and mudguards.

Five-point harness with height-adjustable shoulder straps.

One catch to recline the seat.

Medium weight (12.4kg – without extras).

Two brakes: one on the handlebar and one foot-operated.

Overview: 

The Rolls Royce of running buggies. It’s designed for babies aged from nine months and has a weight capacity of 17kg. If your main buggy is a Bugaboo, the chassis is compatible with your existing seat so you’ll ‘only’ need to fork out £334. It’s a wide buggy but it’s easy to fold down.

The run test: 

Pre-run: A doddle to construct – wheels on, seat clicked in, baby strapped in – mere minutes.

1st run: Baby fell asleep for 30 mins. A catch under the hood means you can pull the seat back into a full recline while jogging.   

2nd run: Hilly route. The brake runs parallel to the whole handle, which is extremely handy when you’re going downhill.

3rd run: There’s a rain cover, but the under-seat basket isn’t covered, so wrap up anything you take with you.

4th run: 14-inch fixed front wheel gives the buggy a smooth ride and its handlebar adjusts to any height or running style.

Our rating: 7.5/10


The best extras for your running buggy:

The handy little things to make running with your little one comfier for the both of you -

Mountain Buggy Sleeping bag, £75, amazon.co.uk 

best running buggies 2018 - accessories

This mini sleeping bag features grip panels to reduce slippage, a durable outer shell, an elasticated hood and easy-open zip front to keep baby safe and warm.

Buggi lights, £14.99, amazon.co.uk 

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A pack of two LED lights. Attach the white one to the front of your buggy and the red one to the back to stay visible in low light.

Baby Jogger Parent Console, £30.97, amazon.co.uk

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Use this convenient console to keep your phone, drinks, snacks and baby’s teething ring within easy reach.

Sheepskin hand warmers, £32, buggyhandwarmers.com 

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Keep your hands warm and dry with these sheepskin mitts. Attachable loops ensure you won’t lose them.