After the success of the Big Fun Run Series last year, the 5k events are set to return in 2017. Taking place from July to October and set in some of the most scenic parks throughout the UK, the runs are aimed at all members of the family, with free entry for children under five.
The 18 event-long series begins in Maidstone, Kent on 15 July and then makes its way to locations throughout the country before finishing in London with a Halloween-themed run in Victoria Park on 29 October.
Many Big Fun Run participants use the event to fundraise for a cause they care about. Last year, over £200,000 was raised for charity and the series is supported by hundreds of charities throughout the UK.
Alec Syphas took part in last year’s Southampton event with ‘Team Alec Avengers’ to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Alec suffers with the muscle wasting condition which currently affects his ability to climb stairs, and running and walking long distances requires a wheelchair. He decided to take part in the Big Fun Run with his mum, Rachel, so he can feel what’s it’s like to take part in a race and receive a medal. “Alec is a super hero every day in our eyes,” said Rachel. “He lives up to his Superhero Alter Ego every single day; the boy with a huge battle ahead and the biggest smile to do it with.”
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. Each run has a friendly atmosphere whilst offering an achievable challenge.
“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 start line. We also have many people taking part in fancy dress to add to the feel good atmosphere.”
Runners can take advantage of the early bird savings by entering before midnight on Sunday 22 January, at which point standard entry pricing begins. To find out more about the 2017 series, visit the Big Fun Run website.