Run, Run, Run…

Getting our two eldest children interested in running was one of the best decisions we have made.

 The idea came around about 9 years ago when they were 8 and 10 years old. After just giving birth to my daughter and being busy with a toddler, we needed to find a fun pastime to tire the older boys out.

When the boys were at school my husband drove me and our tiny tots to Berry Hill Park In the middle of the park was a running track, my husband started sharing his childhood memories of his running club days and I knew we had to bring the lads up to see it.

A few days later my husband brought the boys up to the park on running club nights. The park was buzzing, full of children and adults of all ages shapes and sizes. All seemingly having fun running jumping and throwing for all they were worth. It was the place to be and if like me (at the time) you didn’t run, it sure made you want to start. The boys loved it, so much so after a few years we decided to sell our house move schools all to be nearer to the club.

For years my sons enjoyed training nights and weekend racing. It developed a sense of pride, kept them fit made them realise the value of hard work and they made some great friends along the way.. Alas the club is now a shadow of it’s former self as the club and trustees (who run the park) do not get on. As a result children are no longer welcome to train in the park. The club has essentially been split up with children and adults having to go to different venues around the County to train. It is no longer a hobby we can all do as a family. Such a shame.

My little ones are now 8 and 10 and its time to find them their hobbies. Something that keeps them fit, takes advantage of the great outdoors and is fun. Maybe it will be running again or cycling, or football. Who knows? Maybe even balancing a scooter on your head and seeing how long you can keep your tongue blobbed out?

Hopefully we do not need to move house though?!

As for me I am now training up for my 2nd London Marathon, looks like I caught the running bug!!


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  1. Tas D
    November 30, 2013 / 9:27 am

    Such a shame about the club near you. It sounded like the perfect place for your boys to live their passion and for you all to spend time together. Sounds like a wonderful hobby though x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Coombe Mill
    November 30, 2013 / 11:15 am

    How awful that such a great family club has been divided, it's not often to find a sport that the whole family enjoy. Fab photos of the lovely training ground and some of your family and good luck with the training, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, I know its such a shame 🙁

  3. Louise
    November 30, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    great photos and all the best with your marathon training! xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Debbie Stinedurf
    November 30, 2013 / 1:53 pm

    That is so cool that you got your older two into running, and such a shame about the running club. I have no doubt you'll find something that works for your younger two as well. Keeping the family fit together is such an excellent idea!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      Aww thanks Debbie, I have been taking my youngest son out, just trying to get my little girl into something fun now 🙂

  5. Jaime Oliver
    November 30, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    its so fantastic to get children into something so good for you. xxxp.s go you on the London marathon x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Jamie, aww training starts tomorrow…

  6. Cheryl
    November 30, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    I've not thought of a running club. Eldest loves cross country running. I've never known how to encourage her interest. I wonder if there is a club….hopefully we don't need to move house. Good luck in your training #CountryKids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Cheryl, I would see if there is any clubs near you, I bet she would love it 🙂

  7. Kim Carberry
    November 30, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Fab photos & Good luck with your marathon training!! x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks Kim, I'm nervous and excited at the same time 🙂

  8. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    November 30, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Lovely post Claire…great photos and a nice story. It's inspiring to read how your children naturally gravitated towards healthy outdoor activity!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks Sue, funny how things work out for the best and how you miss things that finish too…

  9. Sara Murray
    November 30, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    How brilliant to find something that you were able to do as a family. I love running and I'm hoping to get my eldest into it in a couple if years time. Such a shame about your club. Good luck with the marathon training xx #CountryKids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Sara, aww that is great news I bet they will love running 🙂

  10. amy mayen
    November 30, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Maybe hiking and camping? Or maybe you could start a new running club:)

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:28 pm

      Amy great ideas here, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  11. Kriss MacDonald
    November 30, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    This reminded me how much I need to start running again – nothing better than a run through a park. It's great how you encouraged your boys to love it too but shameful on the people running the club/park that they're ruining it for families.#countrykids

    • Clairejustine oxox
      November 30, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kriss, I know that wonderful feeling of running in the park, care free 🙂

  12. Winnie
    November 30, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    I wish I was into running. I think it's wonderful that your 2 kids are sharing your love for running!

  13. Leovi
    November 30, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    Beautiful photos! Yes running is a great sport, my wife also practiced. I prefer swimming!

  14. Trinity Grace
    December 1, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Hi Claire, I'm visiting from Creative Monday. Many blessings on your marathon!

  15. SarahMummy
    December 4, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    Such a lovely post, although sorry to hear how the running club has gone pear-shaped. Our kids all have their hobbies, but I'd love to get the into running too! Thanks for joining up with the Britmums teen and tween round-up.

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