Q HOW CAN I INTRODUCE MY YOUNG CHILD TO RUNNING?
Jo Hewes, via email
“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.”