The Big Fun Runs return to the race calendar this year with 18 events around the country, including Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. The 5k untimed events are staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from July to October 2014.
More than 7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and over £200,000 was raised for charity.
Big Fun Run director, Neil Kilgour said: “If you’d love to get more active in 2014 then this is a great place to start. The Big Fun Run is strictly for fun and all about easy, relaxed exercise. There’s no pressure as the events are untimed, just some easy moves and a lot of laughs. This isn’t about testosterone charged athletes charging home in a record time. It’s about mums with prams, dads with toddlers on their shoulders, Fred Flintstone running around with his grandma. Throw in 101 Dalmations and you get an unbeatable mix. Are you getting a picture of something a little different?”
The Big Fun Runs are also an ideal opportunity to raise money for charity. Last year, Colin Richardson, a much loved dad who was 62 when he died from motor neurone disease after a 10 month battle was remembered when a team of eight family and friends took part in the Big Fun Run in the city. They raised more than £130 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, a charity which is a lifeline for so many.
Colin’s daughter-in-law, Nichola Rees, 32, of Spennmoor, County Durham said: “Colin is loved and missed every single day. We were proud to do the Big Fun Run in his memory. Some of us ran and some walked but we were all thrilled to do something in honour of Colin.”
The Big Fun Run is brought to you by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Entries for The Big Fun cost £11.49 for adults, £9.49 for children and runners over 65 while kids under five go free. Everyone who finishes gets a medal, goody bag and refreshments.