RUN LDN: THE BEST LOCAL GROUPS TO JOIN FOR YOUR NEXT RUN

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EVA PINEDA

APR 3, 2020

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We’ve got a little advice for you: if you’re looking to improve your fitness, actually enjoy exercise, and find a supportive community that motivates you — join a run club. Worried you’re too slow? You’re not. London run clubs cater for all levels and are all about inclusivity.

Not convinced? You could be missing out on making some new friends, sharing a post-run pint, and even nabbing yourself some free kit. PLUS, these run clubs are affordable or totally free, so what have you got to lose? So lace up and join London’s best running communities in clocking some serious miles.

NIKE RUN CLUB

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There are many Nike Run Clubs in the UK. Meeting several times a week, they all offer three distance options of around 5km, 6km, and 11km led by pacesetters, so no one will be left behind. Plus, Nike is pretty good at giving away free T-shirts at their clubs and events, meaning it’s worth turning up for that alone. For a full list of venues, stay up to date on their Facebook.

ADIDAS RUNNERS

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If there’s anyone that can make an endurance workout seem even slightly more appealing, it’s the adidas run coaches.. You are made to feel that even just turning up is an achievement you should already be proud of. Then comes the run. You’re lead on a pre-planned route and can go at your own pace. Whether you’re flying ahead of the pack or stopping and starting when you need to, you won’t be doing it alone. They meet at various spots around the city, but you can always throw your stuff into the adidas truck, which meets you on the other end. Stay up to date on their site and sign up. It’s that simple.

LULULEMON

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Another weekday evening another run club that takes on a 5-8km run. lululemon invites you to take your stretchy pants out for a spin. If you’re a little intimidated by clubs, this one is for you — you get a good atmosphere, you go at your own pace, and you can even have a casual chat (only if you want to, no pressure!). Meet at the store at Marylebone on Tuesdays and Covent Garden on Wednesdats 6pm to hit the pavement at 6:30pm. And don’t worry — you can leave your things in the store while you run.

RUN DEM CREW

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Founded by Charlie Dark—a writer, DJ, and poet—this group prides themselves on being more of a family rather than a club. They lace up and run multiple days per week in varying locations, but, as they say, make sure you ‘leave your ego at home’. There are different groups for different paces and distances, and you’ll want to get in quick to grab £12 a month membership for the new season (slots are limited).

TRACK MAFIA

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Track has come a long way since third period P.E. in school thanks to Track Mafia, a free weekly session led by a group of professional speedsters. The aim of the game is to stick to a four-week training cycle to improve your speed — but even if you can’t make all the sessions, the adrenaline rush is enough to make you want to come back for more. Turn up ready to run at Paddington Recreation Ground at 6:30pm every Thursday. Need a fix for your Monday blues? Meet up and get your sweat on from 7–8pm

LDN BRUNCH CLUB

Brekkie and a brisk run? Sign us up for this Sunday morning run crew. But, you’ll need to act fast to grab a coveted spot — LDN Brunch Club opens its membership for new applicants only twice a year. Score a spot for £50.00 a year and meet the group every Sunday in Shoreditch.

MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

You don’t need to stay up until the wee hours to get a run in with this bunch. Midnight Runners, powered by Reebok, bring the party to the streets in the evenings with cardio jams blasting out of portable speakers. You can join these “bootcamp 10K” group runs for free by signing up through the myCrew fitness app.

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