If you were one of the thousands to take up pounding the pavements in lockdown, joining an IRL running community is a great way to sustain your training, challenge yourself and add a fun social element while you’re at it.
While to much dismay, joining your local Parkrun remains off the cards for now - until at least July 24 anyway - a number of running clubs in London have relaunched, and with routes through the city, stunning parks and a real-life training track, there’s plenty of choice.
You’ll smash that PB in no time.
Run Dem Crew
Roll deep with the RDC family, a community for London-based runners founded by Charlie Dark @daddydarkrdc to encourage people to run, exchange ideas and explore the streets of the city. For details on the location each week message @mohsonstars.
When and where: Tuesdays 7pm, location TBC.
Pure Sport Free Run Club
CBD brand Pure Sport launched its virtual run club led by elite runners Will Goodge and Lloyd Kempson on Strava in lockdown, which now boasts almost 1000 members. It has just transitioned into an in-person club, too, so you can meet your virtual pals IRL.
Where and when: 6.15pm at Battersea Park (or virtually on Strava).
Track Life LDN
Smash that PB on an actual track under the watchful eye of Rory Knight, Omar Mansour, Emma Kirk Odunubi and Tashi Skervin-Clarke at Track Life LDN, a running club based at Battersea Park. Emma is also leading introduction to interval running on Tuesdays at 6.30pm in Clapham Common.
When and where: Mondays 6.30pm at Battersea Park.
One Track Run Club
Onetrack is a virtual run club that delivers daily audio guided runs and live workouts specifically designed for runners, founded by Anthony Fletcher (Fletch), formerly head of precision run at Equinox gym. Now the club is offering in-person sessions on the track at Duke of York Square, located in front of the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Expect to learn plenty about biomechanics and training in red zones along the way.
When and where: Duke of York Square, Chelsea, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.
Price: free or a contribution of £6.
Healthy snack brand Tribe is back with a calendar of summer sessions: Tribe Tuesdays happen each week, spanning park trails in Hampstead Heath and Tempo Sessions with Ben through varying London routes. Early birds, meanwhile should book into the new Tribe Sunrise Series, which involves a 6km social run and a Tribe breakfast
When and where: Tuesdays 6.30pm starting from varying London locations.
Price: £5 (all proceeds go to the TRIBE Freedom Foundation, to help fight modern slavery).
Lazy Girl Running
If you fancy a female-only running community and are based in North London, then check out the Lazy Girl Running groups. Groups are currently being run by two coaches, with a 12:1 runner:coach ratio and take place come rain or shine.
When and where: Tuesday 7pm and Thursday 7.15am in Finsbury Park.
London City Runners
London City Runners is one of the capital’s largest free run clubs, though spots must currently be booked via an online system. Routes begin at the Clubhouse, a cafe-bar under an archway in Bermondsey, where you can also grab a post-run coffee (or beer) and mingle with fellow runners. The club also offers interval sessions at Southwark Athletics Track on Wednesday evenings.
When and where: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays at 10am from 130 Druid Street SE1 2HH or Wednesday at 6.45pm or 7.30pm at Southwark Athletics Track