Make 2014 your time to shape up and smile at a fun run that promises to give people of all ages and abilities the chance to get active.
Entries open today for the Big Fun Run at Christchurch Park, Ipswich on Saturday 18th October. Organisers, GSi Events believe the 70 acre green space which includes rolling lawns, woods and a beautiful Tudor mansion house is a perfect setting for the 5K event.
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. It doesn’t matter how quickly or slowly you go. You can run, jog, juggle, dress up, take a buggy. It’s your choice.
“There’s no pressure, just some easy moves and a lot of laughs. It’s all about taking part and enjoying the day. The events aren’t timed so what’s motivating Big Fun runners is the chance to get together with family or friends and do something healthy in the great outdoors.
“They’re family affairs with people across the generations taking part. It’s not unusual to see a grandparent, mum and kids all at the start line. Lots of runners take part in fancy dress. Are you getting a picture of something a little different? 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.”
The Big Fun Run which starts in Ipswich at 11am is among 18 Big Fun Runs across the UK staged from July until October 2014. More than 7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and more than £200,000 was raised for charity. Last year, at The Big Fun Fun, Ipswich husband and wife team, Clair and Ian Collett raised £1,075 for Bliss, a charity which is a lifeline for premature babies and their families.
Clair, 40, of Colchester, said, “One in every nine babies in the UK is born either premature or sick. The vital care that babies receive after birth can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives. We were glad to do our bit to help.”
Entries for The Big Fun Run in Ipswich 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.
To enter the Big Fun Run 2014 go to www.bigfunrun.com