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Sunderland Big Family Fun Run, Putting the ‘Fun’ into being Active

The Active Sunderland BIG Family Fun Run on Saturday 30 April 2016 is a fun family event, encouraging children and families who take part to run, jog or walk their way along the 1.5 or 3K route around Sunderland’s award winning Mowbray Park.

The fun run is one of many fantastic running events for people of all ages and abilities happening in Sunderland across the weekend which includes the Siglion Sunderland City 10K and Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon.

Fiona Brown, Director of People Services for Sunderland City Council, said: “It is well recognised that being active can lead to great improvements in people’s physical and mental wellbeing. With events like the BIG Family Fun Run we are working towards creating a city where everyone is as active as they can be.

“At the heart of this approach is the delivery of as many opportunities as possible for residents to take part in healthy activities and past-times. There are many new features to look forward to at this year’s BIG Family Fun Run, in addition to the fun run itself there is a fantastic programme of fun family activities and I encourage everyone to come along and have some fun trying the new activities.”

The free family fun activities, including sports taster sessions will start at 1pm. A fantastic programme of activities is on offer including-

• Special appearances by SAFC’s Samson and Delilah, Sun FMs Sunny the Seagull AND Everyone Active’s Bee Active!!
• Trampolining
• Handball
• Mini golf
• Dodgeball
• SAFC Speedcage
• Family games
• Arts and Crafts

All of the activities are FREE and everyone, of all ages and abilities, are encouraged to come along and have a go.

The Family Fun runs will start at 4pm and this year the entry fee includes the new Active Sunderland BIG Events technical t-shirt, medal and a goody bag!

Additionally all runners participating in the BIG Family Fun Run can take part in the inaugural 600m Dash on Sunday 1 May, prior to the Siglion Sunderland City 10k and Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon at Keel Square – FREE with your entry into the BIG Family Fun Run!

Please check the Active Sunderland Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date with the activity programme. Activities are subject to change.


12th June : BIG Bike Ride
27th July : Area Festival – Princess Anne Park
30th July : City Centre Festival – various locations in city centre
3rd Aug : Area Festival – Barnes Park
10th Aug : Area Festival – Seaburn / Roker
17th Aug : Area Festival – Mowbray Park
24th Aug – Area Festival – Hetton Lyons Country Park
25th Sept : BIG Walk

For online entry visit or, for further information

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