The Big Fun Run series rolls into Southampton on Sunday 26 July. In 2014 over 350 runners enjoyed a morning of fresh air, fitness and fun at Southampton Common and 2015 is set to be even bigger.
Big Fun Run are summer 5k events, offering all ages and abilities the chance to shape up and smile at a fun run that promises to give people the chance to get active. The Common is also an area of stunning natural beauty making it the perfect setting for the 5k. It's the largest open space in the city boundaries and is one of the UK’s most important wildlife sites.
“The Big Fun Run is strictly for FUN where it’s all about easy relaxed exercise. No times, no pressure, no sweat - just some easy moves and lots of laughs.” said Fun Run Director Neil Kilgour. Big Fun Runs are real family affairs with people taking part across the generations; it’s not unusual to see a grandparent, mum and child all taking part. And you get lots of runners in fancy dress so that adds to the colour and humour of the occasion.
The Big Fun Run which starts in Southampton at 11am is among 18 Big Fun Runs across the UK staged from July until October 2015. More than 7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and more than £200,000 was raised for charity. Another ingredient of the Big Fun Run success story is the opportunity it provides for small charities and fundraisers. Big Fun Runs are particularly popular with children’s charities as the ‘family-friendly’ ambience means it’s relatively easy to recruit fundraisers.
Last year, Nicky Omidi and her team from Surrey were a true example of just how the Big Fun Run participation benefits local fundraising. Calling themselves the 'Sebastian Soldiers' Nicky and her army travelled down to Southampton on July 27 last year to take part in the Big Fun Run in Southampton, raising over £3,500 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of baby, Sebastian James, who died at Southampton General Hospital on 15 February 2014. “Our team were very excited and proud to be a part of the Big Fun Run.” said Nicky.
You too could take part in this year’s Big Fun Run and raise funds for a charity close to your heart, or run for fun with family and friends. Standard entries for the Big Fun Run cost only £11.99 for adults, £9.99 for concessions with kids under 5 attending for free and are available online until the 16th July, with a late entry period thereafter. Everyone gets a goody bag, making an ideal fun filled family day out. Whatever your reason for your Big Fun Run, enter today at the series website.