11 LOCAL RUNNING CLUBS TO JOIN IN SYDNEY

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RUBY YEATS

SEP 26, 2019

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In Sydney’s land of plentiful outdoor trails and beautiful year-round climate, there’s really no excuse for keeping it indoors. While you can shell out thousands of dollars on fancy boutique gym memberships—which we’re certainly not bagging—there is one full-body fitness regime that is available at zero cost. That’s right — when it comes to a beach bod and killer lung capacity, running is king!

Lacking motivation? Not sure of any good routes? Can’t monitor your pace effectively? With any number of our favourite Sydney running clubs, you can see a different part of the beautiful city, meet like-minded fitness fanatics, and receive expert coaching to improve your split times and running technique. Join up!

RUN CLUB SYD BY ION

ION | Facebook

Everyone’s favourite athleisure label, lululemon, is known for three things: flawless ambassadors, killer leggings, and amazing fitness events. Run Club Syd combines all of these into a Friday morning running extravaganza! Meet at the flagship George St store at 7am, where local trainer extraordinaires from nearby ION Training will take you on a sweat-filled tour of Sydney CBD’s best running locations. It’s not your standard long-duration, low-intensity cardio; think hill sprints, intervals, and managed recovery periods. Fitt Tip: check out the ION Facebook page for updates about special guests and special freebies!

SYDNEY STRIDERS

Sydney Striders | Facebook

“Come for the run, stay for the fun” is the unofficial motto for the Striders club. With running groups targeted at all ability levels, and all ages, Striders has the (well-earned) reputation of one of Sydney’s most inclusive groups. And if you’ve ever run in any competitive event, you’re sure to have seen a few ‘Striders’ singlets streaking past you to the finish line — so you know they’ve got some talented runners in their midst! Join in a monthly 10k or the gruelling Sunday morning long run to smash your previous PBs!

GIRLS RUN SYDNEY

Girls Run Sydney | Facebook

Sorry, guys — as the name suggests, this one is just for the ladies! Grab your girl squad and head to one of Girls Run’s regular distance events. Weekly Wednesday city runs, long weekend slogs in scenic locations (followed by delicious brunch with the girls!), and, of course, special running groups at most competitive running races. No excuses for not tagging on to a session!

ACHILLES RUNNING

Achilles Sydney | Facebook

8am Sunday morning—rain, hail, or shine—Achilles brings together runners across all levels of performance for a truly supportive social environment. What began as a movement to promote inclusion in sport for people with disabilities has grown into a nationwide phenomenon with a strong following from all walks of life. Meet some truly inspiring people and see the sights of Sydney’s scenic Domain. Plus, you can sort yourself a training group for the next big running event by keeping up to date with planned entries and excursions via their events page.

MYRUNGROUP BY RUN LAB

Runlab | Facebook

One for the elite and performance-minded, MYRUNGROUP is a weekly dynamic interval-based running session with Olympic-qualifier Vlad Shatrov. Separated into groups based on kilometre time, MRG sessions follow a standard format—warm-up, light jog, interval session, and cool-down, in order—but every week brings variation in terms of location, distance, and intensity. Unlike others on the list, it comes at a cost, but the dedicated coaching and measurement of progress are worth every penny. Fitt Tip: try a MYTRAILGROUP session to get out of the city and breathe some country air — but don’t expect an easy ride, as mountain running is not for the faint-hearted.

KINGS CROSS TRACK CLUB

Kings Cross Track Club | Facebook

Ah, the Cross! Once an epicentre of late-night fun and Sydney’s semi-seedy red light district, Kings Cross has undergone a major facelift, now hosting some of the city’s most chic cafés as well as one of its better-known running clubs. KXTC meets every Monday at 7pm (women), every Tuesday at 7pm (everyone), and pretty much every weekend for a longer session (more details on the group’s FB page. Take off from the iconic Coca-Cola sign, whatever the weather, and see the inner city from a totally different angle.

MANLY BEACH RUNNING CLUB

Manly Beach Running Club | Facebook

If you live over Northern Beaches, you’ve probably seen these guys tearing down the sand as the sun rises every weekday morning. Running sessions last an hour and comprise a general strength, toning, and core component as a finisher — so you’ll be working pretty much every muscle group possible! While the backdrop might be Insta-worthy, you won’t find any “influencer” behaviour here. Nobody’s judging your ability or running trainers; the MBRC team just love to run. Stop by for a free trial session and see whether head coach Joe Ward can work his marathon magic on your running ability.

REJOOV RUNNERS

Rejoov Runners | Facebook

A truly “family-friendly” running club, husband-and-wife team Chris and Greta have created a fun, fit environment for runners young and old! With a stimulating mix of terrains, Rejoov takes the (literal) stress out of constant road running, with trails leading through bush, grassland, sand, and stone. Because it’s an Athletics NSW affiliate, those serious about entering the sport can find a pathway to local and regional track events. Even if you don’t call yourself elite (maybe just curious about mixing up your running regime), Rejoov is a community-minded and inclusive way to mix things up.

PACE ATHLETIC

Pace Athletic | Facebook

Another must-see for Sydney’s Northsiders, Pace Athletic’s FREE weekly run club is centred around the love of the sport. Stop by the Mosman, Rozelle, or Manly Pace store for an evening workout with like-minded individuals and expert coaching. There are no age or ability restrictions, and there’s the added benefit of access to Australia’s best specialty running store for advice on shoes, gadgets, and anything that could help you clock up the kms. Best of all, if you’re not from the area, coach Matty Abel will show you some of the Northern Beaches’ best-kept running secrets.

JORG

JORG Fitness | Facebook

Boutique fitness establishment JORG Fitness enters the world of elite running with its weekly, performance-focused speed sessions. With 14 years of coaching for Athletics Australia under his belt, Jim Owens is a bit of a legend, and he brings all this expertise and experience to the masses either in one-on-one or in larger group sessions. Whether you’re looking for a steady run, want to do some interval training, or are dedicated to speed work, there’s a JORG session to suit you. The JORG teams meets regularly in Oatley Park, but there’s also a CBD-based session on a Thursday evening. Fitt Tip: sign up for a yearly membership to receive discounts on footwear, clothing, sports massage, and more.

SQUADRUN

Squadrun | Facebook

Another one for those looking to train with purpose, SQUADRUN is a customised athletic solution which promises to coach you towards your next event. Sign up for a weekly running schedule, a one-on-one coaching session, or go all out with an eight-week programme designed to get you race ready! SQUADRUN isn’t just a big group running session — it’s a tried and tested methodology for improving physical fitness and running times. This one’s best for those who struggle to conform to a designated timetable or for those that don’t need the motivation of running with a pack. Even if you’re not physically running side by side, SQUADRUN has gone to efforts to create a community of runners, plus guidance on nutrition, athletic apparel, and so much more.

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