15 Jan

Fun On The Run

Annie Marshall with family at 2014 Big Fun Run at Victoria Park

It is never too late to start your New Year resolutions and this year’s Big Fun Run series gives people of all abilities the chance to kick start a new, active 2015.

Set in 18 of the UK’s most iconic parks from Glasgow to Brighton, the 5k events are aimed at all members of the family, with entry free for children under 5. The Big Fun Fun comes to London’s Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 31 October and Victoria Park on Sunday 1 November.

The emphasis is on fun at the charitable events, where over £200,000 was raised for good causes last year. Oragniser GSi Events, who also host the Edinburgh Marathon and Bournemouth Marathon say: “Each run has a friendly atmosphere whilst offering an achievable challenge “

Big Fun Run event director, Neil Kilgour said: “Tens of thousands of people take part in Big Fun Run every year, it attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about having fun and raising funds for a charity close to your heart.

“It is a great event for all the family and it is not unusual to see grandma, mum and daughter all lining up together at the startline. We also have many people taking part in fancy dress to add to the feel good atmosphere.”

Among those set to enter is Karen Marshall of Amersham, Buckinghamshire who intends to take part in the Victoria Park event in London on Sunday 1 November. “We are running as a family group for our Mum Annie (Marshall), who has stage 6 Alzheimer's, giving the money we raise to the Alzheimer Society.” Karen said.

“We are thinking of bringing her on the run with us in her wheelchair and we'll all, including Mum, be wearing our 'Running for Annie' T-shirts.” They also took part in last year’s event at the East London venue. "We had a fabulous day out.” Karen recalls. “We wanted to try to raise some money for the Alzheimer's Society - Mum loves being outside so we decided to run 5k with the Big Fun Run as a family group.

“We ran with Mum in her wheelchair and she managed to walk over the finish line herself at about the 40 minute mark to huge cheers from the crowds.  Everyone was so helpful and supportive.  We couldn't have wished for a better fund raising day and overall a lovely family day out.”

Details of UK wide locations and early bird entry available at the Big Fun Run website.