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RUNNING NOTES FOR PARENTS

Children's bodies are still developing and so they are more prone to some problems during prolonged exercise. They may get exhausted more easily, they do dehydrate more easily. They suffer from the cold more in cold weather, and the heat more in hot weather. Also, children develop at different rates so a four mile run might be a doddle for one 10 year old and a really unpleasant struggle for another 10 year old though they might both become equally good runners at 16. This is one reason why it is impossible to have sensible and precise age limits.

Shoes

Your child does not need 'state of the art' running shoes, but they must be a good fit. Shoes either too big or too small may cause blisters or other foot injury.

Stitch

This can be frightening to a child who hasn't had one before. It's probably a good idea to explain that it is nothing to worry about and it will pass off after walking for a bit.

During the run

Make sure your child walks or rests if they feel exhausted and do not hesitate to ask a marshall for help.