Whether you’re training for a marathon or just legging it for the bus, a jogging buggy lets you pick up the pace with a little one in tow. These specialist strollers are designed to take on tough terrain so have performance wheels and aerodynamic frames, along with a host of technical features that’ll appeal to active families.

When looking at the athletic attributes of a sporty stroller, you’ll find a fixed front wheel that offers steadiness when running, while the swivel option will aid steering and weaving.

Good brakes are vital when moving at speed so most have a handbrake for gaining control. Adventure-seekers that like to load up the car and go will appreciate a buggy with a small, folded footprint – check out how easy they are to collapse too.

There are jogging strollers that can be used with a newborn, by adding on a carrycot or car seat, but you should wait until a baby reaches six months old before starting to run with them. New mums should also get the all clear from a doctor before embarking on any post-natal activity.

To test the sporty strollers we sweated on the streets, puffed around the park and pulled on our trainers for a jog along the beach. We rated the buggies on how they handled speed, steering and stability for tots. These are the ones that can really go the distance.

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Mountain Buggy terrain jogger: £499, Mountain Buggy

Regular off-road runners should certainly check out Mountain Buggy – the pushchair makers that have long excelled in creating no-limits strollers. The terrain is the brand’s original buggy that’s engineered for the great outdoors and is available in three smart designs with car seat and carrycot compatibility.

When setting off with the terrain jogger you get the sense that no path is impossible. We took it to the hills and bobbed over rocky trails with nothing but smiles from our baby passenger. Back on flat surfaces we found the steering to be superior, even at speed. We particularly love that it comes with two sets of tyres. These 16in and 12in wheels will tackle most terrains.

The handbrake is responsive when you squeeze to slow down, and little details have been considered to make your time outdoors easier. You’ll find pockets in the hood with an opening to thread your headphones and compartments to stash two drink bottles.

An adjustable handlebar, retractable leg rest and a compact, fast fold complete the technical package. The buggy also has what’s called a "flip-flop friendly" footbrake – although we all know that jogging in flip-flops is never a good idea.

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Britax Romer revolution pro stroller: £555, Britax Romer

Here’s a stroller that’s a hit with fast-moving parents and is not only approved for running, but skating too. At first glance, the revolution pro is a beast of a buggy – but we found it surprisingly agile, and it really picked up speed doing laps of our park’s pathways.

The huge air-filled tyres glide over bumps and adjustable shock absorbers let you create the smoothest ride. There’s a city or sporty mode, meaning the front wheel locks or swivels.

We found the handle bar is easily adjustable to the height of the runner, plus there’s a reassuring safety wrist strap and pockets to stash your stuff. You can use this buggy from 6 months to around 3 years and it’s car seat compatible. There’s also a revolution pro carrycot to add on if you want to use it from birth.

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Phil and Teds sport buggy: £399, Phil and Teds

The newest model of the Phil and Teds’ sport is an all-active buggy that’ll make your running goals a reality. Strap a little one into the sling-style seat and let the 12in air-filled tyres and all-wheel suspension do all (well, most) of the work. We found the one-handed push let us swig at our water bottle and hitch up our leggings without losing control, and the balance and weight distribution on the buggy felt just right.

When whizzing around with a hefty three year old, the twists and turns on a forest path felt very manageable at a jogging pace. We also tried this jogger on the beach and were pleasantly surprised that it could handle the sand dunes – although there’s no denying it was tiring.The chassis comes in stylish black with a choice of eight fresh colours for the ride liner seat cover. This pushchair also has the potential to turn into a double buggy, proving that as your family grows you can still enjoy an energetic sprint outdoors.

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Baby Jogger summit X3 single stroller: £489.99, Amazon

If you’re looking for a durable, reliable runner, the Baby Jogger summit X3 has plenty of features worth getting your trainers out for. Air-filled rubber tyres and all-round suspension sees it performing well at pace and it handles difficult terrain with ease. We also thought the hand-operated brake gives good speed control when going downhill. The buggy has a near-flat seat recline so a little one can sleep, along with an easy fold. We were also able to collapse it quickly in a muddy forest car park on a rainy day, which is the probably the ultimate challenge.

The remote wheel lock on the handlebar got our nod of approval, letting you switch the front wheel between locked and swivel mode – we found this handy when running off grass and onto a path. There’s only one fabric colour choice for the summit X3, but there are little extras you can buy such as a fleecy handmuff, cup holder, raincover and handbar pouch.

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Thule urban glide 2 stroller: From £550, Thule

This Scandi-born classy-looking stroller is a hybrid jogger for both urbanites and country dwellers. The urban glide 2 slinks along streets or makes light work of lumpy lanes thanks to 16in rear wheels, smooth suspension and a swivel front wheel that locks into place for more stability.

The unique twisty handle bar brake slows the buggy while on the move, and the footbrake is easy to pop on when stationary. At 11.4 kg, you won’t find it a struggle to lift it in and out of the car, and if you’re short on space, taking off the wheels gives you a smaller fold. Bright blue buttons act as cues to adjust or collapse the buggy.

We liked the peek-a-boo window to look in on our little running buddy and the storage basket is zippable and waterproof so it protected our stuff in a rain shower and prevented things from falling out when jogging. Reflective strips on the wheels and canopy edge means you’ll be seen on dark, winter evenings. A rain cover isn’t included, so you may want to buy that too, but the hood and integrated visor gives great protection from sun and wind.

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​Out n About nipper sport V4 stroller: £254.95, Precious Little One

The upgrade tweaks on this classic outdoorsy buggy means its spec just keeps getting better and better. Fitness-loving families are already fans of the Out n About nipper sport as it’s a sturdy pushchair that’s also super-light at just 9.8kg. It collapses well and has an auto lock for easy transportation too.

The nipper sport has a fixed front wheel, so it’s not that nippy to take around town, but on challenging terrain it really stands out. The 16in pneumatic tyres and rear suspension meant it breezed over pebbly paths, muddy lanes and rough grass with very little jiggling for our mini passenger.

You can decelerate using the squeezy handle bar brake and when the fun gets too much for a tot, there’s a lie-flat seat for naps on the go. Handy hood pockets and mesh shopping storage means you can exercise with empty pockets. We also think it looks the business. The nipper sport V4 comes in three colours with a comfy padded seat liner, and a handy raincover is thrown in too.

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Hauck runner pushchair: £159.98, Uber Kids

Although it has a simpler spec than some of its competitors, Hauck’s three-wheel all-weather buggy comes into its own when jogging off the beaten track. We put it through its paces on a speedy ramble over the fields and were impressed how the large pneumatic tyres destroyed puddles and charged through soil.

Chunky, air-filled tyres cushion the ride and you can swivel the front wheel for controlled steering on flat ground. The design of the pushchair’s footrest means muddy little feet don’t dirty the fabrics after a day of outdoor adventures.

Our little tester was secure when fastened in the five-point harness and the reclining seat meant he could rest while we ran. The runner isn’t car seat or carrycot compatible, but it can handle a child up to 25 kg, which means years of active fun. We rate it a good value pick for occasional joggers and outdoor dabblers ­– the purse-friendly price makes it an option as a second buggy.

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The verdict: Jogging pushchairs

Yes it’s an investment, but the high-performing Mountain Buggy terrain jogger wins our best buy trophy – we found it crossed the finish line first for stability, steering and jogger-friendly features. Looking for a sleek off-road running buggy that can cope with city life too? Then the Thule urban glide 2 also comes out a champion.

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