Q HOW CAN I IN­TRO­DUCE MY YOUNG CHILD TO RUN­NING?

Jo Hewes, via email

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“You should al­ways en­cour­age your child to run, but it’s best to be cau­tious with how much you let them to do,” says Eng­land Mas­ters cross coun­try run­ner Steve Mill­ward. “While they’re still grow­ing, dam­age can be caused by do­ing too much and in par­tic­u­lar on hard sur­faces. Sadly, I’ve seen far too many young run­ners burn out and give up the sport be­cause they have been pushed too much when young. The most im­por­tant as­pect is to have fun, which nor­mally wouldn't in­volve con­tin­u­ous pro­longed run­ning. “As an ex­am­ple, you could in­tro­duce small ob­sta­cles to run over or around be­cause that will likely keep their in­ter­est and set them achiev­able and re­ward­ing chal­lenges. Per­haps you could try to find events for your­self that also have a chil­dren’s fun run, be­cause that will make them feel more in­volved with the ac­tiv­ity you en­joy.”

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