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Family-friendly Running Events 2022

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Fancy doing something fun and active with your little ones,
What about the family-friendly UK events, fun runs!
There’s no pressure to be the fastest, take it slow,
What are you waiting for, ready…steady…go! 

Join the fun with so many great 2022 family & kids fun runs taking place all over the UK! Check out our list below, to find one taking place near you!

Watford Half Marathon and Family Fun Run

📍Location: Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, Herefordshire
📅Date: Sunday 6th February 2022 09:30am
🏃‍♂️Activities: Half Marathon and Family Fun Run
💰Entry Fees: 3 races ranging from £10.60 – £34.98

This UK Athletics Gold Graded event has strong history within the running community and has been taking place for over 40 years! The new family fun run is a 1.8km run open to all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by a full paying adult)! If you’re local to Watford, this would be an excellent way to get the whole family feeling active this February. To book your space and to find out more, click here!

Mercer Surrey Kids Run

📍Location: Woking Leisure Centre, Woking, Surrey
📅Date: Sunday 6th March 2022 9:20am
🏃‍♂️Activities: 2km road running
💰Entry Fees: £12.00

The Mercer Surrey Kids Run, is a perfect opportunity for your child to support their local community and charitable causes whilst having lots of fun with family and friends! Children in previous years, have made a tradition of sprinting the first 100m, before racing along a fully-closed 2km route which is lined with marshals, live bands and cheering spectators. Whilst this kids run is designed for children for complete themselves, if your children would prefer to run with you that’s no problem too! All children taking part will receive a huge medal when crossing the finish line amongst other treats. Find out more here!


Elvington Flyer Family Fun Run

📍Location: Elvington Airfield, York, North Yorkshire
📅Date: Saturday 12th March 2022 10:00am
🏃‍♂️Activities: 1 Mile flat track
💰Entry Fees: £6.50

The popular Elvington Flyer is returning for it’s fifth year! The family fun run will start at 10am and take place on the main runway before the 5 mile and 10 mile events. The course is flat and fast, making it perfect for the whole family to get involved. There will be no entries on the day, so all races must be pre-booked online via their website. For further information or to book your space, click here!

Colour Run 2022

📍Location: Prospect Park, Reading, Berkshire
📅Date: Sunday 24th April 2022 2:00pm
🏃‍♂️Activities: 2.5km cross-country running 5km cross-country running
💰Entry Fees: £16.05

This exciting running event new for 2022 is run by First Days and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy! Walk, run, dance or hop you away around this 2.5km course, either once or twice! For that added extra fun, there will be four colour stations located around the course where from the help of some ‘colour ninjas’ who will be throwing paint between your shoulder and feet…you should emerge a different colour to the one you started the course! Your entry included a white t-shirt for you to collect on the day. For tickets and to find out more, click here!


Houghton Trail Run 2022

📍Location: Village Hall, Houghton, Hampershire
📅Date: Sunday 8th May 2022
🏃‍♂️Activities: 11k Trail Run, 11k Canicross Run, 14k/32 Cycle Ride and 4k Fun Run
💰Entry Fees: Adults £14 & Juniors (under 16) £8

The Houghton Trail Run is a cross country fun run and cycle event that takes place each spring in Houghton Hampshire and has been running for over 14 years now! There are 5 races to choose from, all of which are mainly off-road (so not suitable for buggies this one). If running with older challenge and fancy a challenge, then the 11k trail run would be a great one to go for, or if your family consists of little ones then your best bet is the 4k fun run. This is all off-road and flat with one style to leap over, making it perfect for children. To book tickets and find out more, click here!

Inflatable 5k Bristol 2022

📍Location: The Wave, Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton, Bristol
📅Date: Saturday 11th June 2022 09:00
🏃‍♂️Activities: Four different distances  – 2.5K, 5K, 10K, 15K – to choose from
💰Entry Fees: £30.00

The UK’s biggest and best inflatable 5k obstacle course has just become ever bigger, bouncier and better with three additional brand new obstacles. This is a great running event if your family fancy something really active, as you will tackle 32 gigantic obstacle courses on the 5k distance. Combined with 5 pumping music zones to motivate you all around the course, this years inflatable 5k is the most epic yet! To book ticket and to find out more, click here!


Henley Kids Fun Triathlon 2022

📍Location: Henley Leisure Centre, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
📅Date: Saturday 9th July 12:15pm
🏃‍♂️Activities: Swim, run and cycle challenge
💰Entry Fees: £25-£35, 8 races available

Whilst technically not just a running race, we had to include this Triathlon as it looks so much fun for kids! This fun event is open to children ages 5 to 16 years and consists of a swim, cycle and run challenge suitable for all abilities. This event is perfect if perhaps you’d rather be cheering on your children from the sidelines rather than participating yourself!! To book your tickets and find out more, click here!


Frome Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Family Fun Run 2022

📍Location: Selwood School, Berkley Road, Frome
📅Date: Sunday 17th July 2022 08:45am
🏃‍♂️Activities: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and family fun run
💰Entry Fees: £10-£35

Voted one of the best events in the UK by runners in the independent Racecheck Award in 2019, there is no where quite like Frome for an unforgettable run! The family fun run is perfect for all ages as is just 1km and kicks of at 08:45am taking runners through Frome City Centre and surrounding charming villages. Book your space online and find out more information, here!


Carnival Chase

📍Location: Warminster Lakeside Pleasure Grounds, Weymouth St, Warminster
📅Date: Sunday 4th September 09:30
🏃‍♂️Activities: 10k, 3k &1.2k Family, wheelchair, buggy fun run
💰Entry Fees: Vary between £5 – £18 depending on race

Carnival Chase runs, which is supporting Warminster Carnival, has a 10k, 3k and 1.2k, meaning there is the perfect run to suit the whole family! The 10k race is open to runners over the age of 16 years, and both the 3k and 1.2k race is open to all but under 10’s must be accompanied by an adult! So, these two the perfect options if you fancy a fun park run with the little ones and perhaps even the buggy too…and dogs! For more information, click here!

Run For Your Life, Hampstead Heath Trail Runs

📍Location: Parliament Hill Bandstand, Highgate Road, London
📅Date: Saturday 10th September 2022 10:00am
🏃‍♂️Activities: 10k, 5k, 2k trail runs
💰Entry Fees: 3 races £8 – £18

With a friendly community atmosphere, the 2k Fun Run which will have you taking in amazing views of the capital is perfect if you are a family with little ones! With the option to run, jog or walk this trail run is super fun, plus kids will love received a unique souvenir medal as soon as they cross the finish line. To book your spot and find out more, click here.

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