After the success of the Big Fun Run Series last year, the events are set to return in 2018 and are promised to be bigger and better than ever!

Taking place from July – October and set in some of the most scenic parks throughout the UK, the 5K events are aimed at all members of the family with FREE entry for children under 5.

With 3 brand new events added to this years’ line-up in Eastbourne, Gateshead and Middlesbrough, the 20 event-long series begins down in the South Coast in Brighton on 14th July and then makes its way throughout the UK. Locations include Scotland, the North West, North East, Midlands and South East before finishing in London with a Halloween-themed run in Victoria Park on 28th October.

Big Fun Run events are the perfect way for runners to fundraise for a cause they really care about. Last year, over £220,000 was raised for charity and the series is brilliantly supported by hundreds of charities all throughout the UK.

Mike Womack from Lymm took part in last years Manchester event at Heaton Park alongside “Anderson’s Army” – an approximately 100 strong group of friends and family in memory of his wife Sophie who past away aged 33 after a brave battle with Bowel Cancer in March 2017.

After Sophie’s passing, Anderson’s Army decided to do something positive to remember her and aimed to raise money for two charities close to Sophie’s heart: Beating Bowel Cancer and The Christie. With an initial target of £5,000 the team have raised a staggering £9,300 to date.

“A 5K is a great distance which everyone can get involved with” Mike said. “There was a complete mixture of running abilities with us on the day from friends who have ran marathons to Sophie’s dad, Keith, who has taken up running at 69 specifically for Big Fun Run and done amazingly well with his training. There was also a good number of friends walking with children and every ability in between all of these.”

“Sophie was an inspiration to us all in the way she remained so positive throughout her treatment. We all miss her every day.”

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 startline. We also have many people taking part in fancy dress to add to the feel good atmosphere.”

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2018. To find out more about the 2018 Series and find events near you, visit www.bigfunrun.com.

The 2018 Big Fun Run events are:

  • Brighton – 14th July 2018
  • Southampton – 15th July 2018
  • Leeds – 21st July 2018
  • Nottingham – 22nd July 2018
  • Glasgow – 28th July 2018
  • Edinburgh – 29th Luly 2018
  • Maidstone – 4th August 2018
  • Eastbourne *New for 2018* – 5th August 2018
  • Derby – 11th August 2018
  • Sheffield – 12th August 2018
  • Manchester – 18th August 2018
  • Liverpool – 19th August 2018
  • Ipswich – 1st September 2018
  • Milton Keynes – 2nd September 2018
  • Birmingham – 8th September 2018
  • Coventry – 9th September 2018
  • Gateshead *New for 2018* – 20th October 2018
  • Middlesbrough *New for 2018* – 21st October 2018
  • London Crystal Palace Park – 27th October 2018
  • London Victoria Park – 28th October 2018