If you’re thinking about signing up to a running event, it can be a serious juggling act to squeeze in training time for yourself, especially when your family priorities take top billing.

But running doesn’t have to be a solo activity, so why not involve the whole family too!

Here are six reasons why you should run with your nearest and dearest:


The perfect family activity

Running together is not only a great way of encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle, but it can also promote great values to children like inspiration, motivation and a strong work ethic.


You can start small

If you’re a beginner runner and are looking for your first challenge, running small short distances with the kids can help your motivation stay high in January. If your children are joining you, it’s also important that they don’t go off too fast so by fitting a shorter running route into your week, they can learn some simple training tips too.


Warm-up with the kids

If you’re taking on one of your longer runs, why not warm up with the kids? Even if it’s a jog to the end of the street and back, it’s a way of fitting in their daily steps.


You can practice together at Great Run Local

If you’re looking for an organised event to take part in with the family as part of your training, look no further than Great Run Local. The 2k and 5k weekly runs are completely free and inclusive for all ages and abilities. To find your nearest Great Run Local click here


Train with a stroller

Make sure you never miss out on that all-important training run because you can’t find a babysitter by bringing your little one along in a stroller. There are many jogging strollers on the market, which will give you quality time with your child and added resistance, even though it may feel like every step you’re taking is uphill!


Register for an event together!

Not only will you enjoy the event-day endorphins as a family, but you’ll also have fun bonding over the memories for weeks to come. There are Junior and Mini Great Runs available across the country, so take a look and sign up today!


Whether you’re a complete novice or a regular club runner, we have a Great Run to suit you.

From family events and 5k all the way through to marathon distance, there is something for all ages and abilities in ManchesterBirminghamBristolGlasgowPortsmouth and more locations across the UK.

Find out more and sign up today