London Running Clubs

London Running Clubs

Finding safe places to run is not always easy when you live in the centre of a big city, while with running being one of the most popular sports just now many great running clubs have emerged in towns and cities including in London. Running is a great way to keep fit and make friends with like-minded people, while whether it's to run for pleasure or competitively running as a group spurs us on to improve out fitness while having fun along the way. Here are some great running clubs you may wish to consider in the London area.

London City Runners

London City Runners

London City Runners is a free running club located in Central London close to London Bridge making them an ideal choice of running club for those who live in this area. The club welcomes runners of all abilities from young to old from the fittest to the not so fit whether participants wish to run competitively or at a jauntier pace. The club is affiliated to London City Athletics Club and those who wish may join the athletics club in order to take part in further athletics type activities.

Where and When do the Club Meet?

The club meets three times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays running along routes in varying locations. It costs nothing to join in with a run with runners just needing to wear the correct footwear in order to run in comfort. Why not make your way to meet up with runners from London City Runners to ascertain if running is for you. There's no pressure and if you don't feel you want to run regularly with the club then that's fine too.

Running Routes and Training

On Tuesdays the runners meet at 7pm at the Bridge House Bar at the rear entrance on Horselydown Lane. Participants will do a 5K road run. Thursdays is interval and circuit training night with runners meeting at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre on Lower Road, while Sundays run is an 11.5km road run with an 11.30am start. Sunday runners should meet at the Fashion and Textiles Museum on Bermondsey Street.

It is best to come ready to run although there are places to store your gear if you require it. The run is split into three speed groups to ensure that no runner is left lagging behind. The three groups are beginners, intermediates and advanced. Further information regarding meetings, runs and socials may be found at the London City Runners website.

Further Club Activities

London City Runners hold club socials, events runners really enjoy as this is the socialising side of joining a running club at its best. Social evenings involve curry nights, Sunday lunches held after the Sunday run and drinks in the Shortwave Bar on Tuesdays after the 5K run.

Getting There

The London Bridge Tube is just half a mile from Bridge House Bar (Tuesday Meeting) with Tower Hill and Monument tube stations around the same distance too. Canada Water Tube Station is close to Seven Islands Leisure Centre (Thursday Meeting), while the number 1, 47, 188, 199, 225 and 381 bus services pass by. London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines will take you to Bermondsey Street (Sunday Meeting), while mainline rail is also located close by.

  • London City Runners
  • Seven Islands Leisure Centre, 100 Lower Road, SE16 2TU (Thursdays) Tele 0844 893 3888
  • Bridge House Bar London SE1 2UP (Tuesdays)
  • Fashion and Textiles Museum, 83, Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF (Sundays)

Serpentine Running Club

Serpentine Running Club

The Serpentine Running Club is located in Central London and is probably the largest running and triathlon club in the country. All levels of ability when it comes to runners are welcome at the club with all ages catered for too. Serpentine began with mainly road running as their interest but as the club has grown and developed it has encouraged members to take part in other athletic activities. Road races are held throughout the year such as triathlon and duathlon in the summer along with cross country running during the winter.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

Club runs are organised on Wednesday evenings plus Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Wednesday run is very popular with sometimes hundreds of runners participating. Coaching and track training is also available on alternative days. Those who wish to try out a run are welcome with a view to maybe joining the club as a member if you feel this is the club for you.

Wednesday and Saturday club run meetings take place at either Seymour Leisure Centre or Speakers Corner, while race participants meet at the bandstand in the South East corner of Hyde Park. These races include

  • The handicap
  • Last Friday 5K
  • New Year's Day 10K
  • Jekyll and Hyde Park Duathlon

Running Routes and Training

Track running and training takes place in various locations including Paddington Track that is close to St Mary's Hospital with track sessions held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm with Junior Training Sessions Tuesday and Thursday. Further tracks include

  • Battersea Track Thursday coaching in varying distances
  • Seymour Leisure Wednesdays short and long runs
  • Speakers Corner Marble Arch social jog followed by steady run
  • Hampstead Heath un-coached hill sessions
  • Greenwich Park  Saturdays coached hill training sessions
  • Pembroke Lodge Richmond Park Sunday long slow run around the park perimeter

Serpentine members participate in many races all year round including marathons and many championship races. Weekend trips to races are also organised with sometimes trips to marathons that are held abroad. A great example is the Welsh Castles Relay that is a two day event held in June where runners run from castle to castle, while the Round Norfolk Relay sees runners circling Norfolk in September throughout the night.

Further Club Activities

Serpentine also runs cycling ride outs along with spinning classes too. Cycling rides leave Richmond Park on Sundays, while training rides are organised for cyclists by the cycling coordinator. Swimmers are also catered for with Serpentine organising many training sessions especially for those training for triathlons. Triathlon training is also available for juniors aged eleven through to seventeen.

Many social events are organised by Serpentine throughout the year with members encouraged to kick back and enjoy socialising with other club members. The club holds a huge summer party and naturally a great Christmas party too. Maybe you would like to join in the wine and cheese evening or meals arranged in restaurants all over London? It all sounds like great fun! Club members will also receive discounts at many outlets when signing up to the club.

Getting There

The tube station that is closest to the Seymour Leisure Centre is Edgeware Road and Marble Arch via the Hammersmith and City, Circle, District and Bakerloo lines. Marble Arch tube is the closest to Speakers Corner via the Central Line, while Hyde Park Corner tube Piccadilly Line is closest for the Bandstand. Buses are numerous and available at all times of the day plus seven days a week. To see which bus services pass these venues from your location please see bus times at London Transport.

  • Serpentine Running Club
  • Contact is done via email with many links listed on the website. It depends on your query as to which email address you will use.

Run Club

Run Club

Run Club, established in 2009 can boast that it is widely recognised as one of the top running clubs in London as it combines running with many other work out sessions that are great for fitness while being a whole lot of fun to do. Run Clubs headquarters is located on Putney Bridge Road but they offer sessions in many different venues around the city. Whether you are a complete novice or have been running for years you will receive a warm welcome at Run Club that caters for beginners, intermediates and those who run competitively.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

Run Club meet up in six different locations that are

  • Battersea Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7-15pm. Tuesday participants will do more running by the riverside, while Thursday runners focus on overall conditioning and lively circuit training. Coaches welcome runners of all abilities
  • Brockwell Park runners meet on Wednesdays at 7-15pm and this meeting has runners of all ages joining in
  • Putney runners meet Tuesdays at 7-15pm and Saturdays at 10am in the park for lively fun running sessions with all ages welcome to join in
  • Regents Park runners meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6-30pm for fun sessions that cater for all abilities
  • Richmond Park runners meet Monday and Thursdays at 7-15pm for coached running sessions
  • Clapham Common hosts Monday and Saturday sessions as well as Sunday fun runs. All levels of runner are welcome

Running Routes and Training

Run Club organises fun runs and event training sessions on a regular basis. River runs set off along the River Thames from Richmond Park, Putney and Battersea on Sundays, while these runs are especially good when training for longer distance running such as 10K runs. All the Sunday runs follow a specified distance therefore are only suitable for those who can run at least six to eight kilometres without problem. Run Club membership costs £29.99 per month. Further detail regarding prices can be found at the website.

Further Club Activities

Trial sessions are available to book via the Run Club website and take place at all the above locations. There is a £5.00 admin charge payable for the trial. Social nights are also run by the various training venues where runners can get together in a relaxed atmosphere to get to know one another in a more personal way rather than being just running buddies. Naturally if it's just the running you want then that’s fine too!  Other activities include adventure races, treasure hunts, the Santa run, supper clubs, barbecues, pub quizzes and party nights.

Getting There

  • The number 44 bus from Victoria Coach Station runs by Battersea Park, while Battersea Park tube station is close by to the park too.
  • Herne Hill Railway Station is just five minutes from Brockwell Park with Brixton Tube just twelve minutes away.
  • Putney Bridge also has regular tube services, while regular bus services include the number 14, 39, 74 and 85

Regents Park, Clapham Common and Richmond Park also have regular tube and bus services passing by. Please visit the London transport website for further details or contact the club.

  • Run Club London
  • 71, Putney Bridge Road
  • London SW18 1NP
  • Tele 07852705745

East London Runners

East London Runners

East London Runners was established in 1982 and has a membership of around two hundred local runners at present. Based in Wanstead runners come to the club from all over the East End of London and beyond with all comers welcome whether they are seasoned runners or simply starting out on their running career be it of a serious nature or just for fun. Beginners need have no fear as East London Runners set the pace according to the group's ability.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

East London Runners meet in various locations. Club runs take place on Wednesday nights as well as new beginner's sessions too. Runs begin at 7pm at Wanstead Leisure Centre with the slower run available for beginners starting at the same time. The main club cun is typically 10K and is suited to those who can run at least five miles with no problem. Hill training sessions and track nights take place on Mondays at Ashton Playing Fields Claybury Park. This session is suitable for all levels of ability.

Marathon training runs also take place at the club with Saturday ad hoc runs and some Sunday Marathon training too. Spring training for Marathon runs is now available with many venues offered. Please see the website for an up to date list. Park runs take place at Wanstead Flats, Hackney Marshes and Walthamstow, while Sunday morning social runs are typically 10K in length.

Running Routes and Training

Most club members take part in races or timed runs with park runs a great way to get into the running spirit and make friends. Park runs take place at Wanstead Flats and Valentines Park, while friendly competitions against other running clubs are held during the summer. Event that runners may wish to participate in are as follows

  • The London Marathon
  • Elvis Grand Prix
  • Chingford League Runs and Competitions
  • Cross Country Events
  • Essex Way Relay Race

In winter from October to April all the Wednesday night sessions are run on footpaths around Wanstead, Woodford and Ilford. These runs are usually about six miles long but those who can't manage the distance can take short cuts that are available in order to accommodate those less experienced.

In the summer months it's different in that many of the routes are off road through woods and rougher terrain. Typical routes include four beginners' routes that are

  • 5 K River Roding Towpath
  • 5.7 K Claybury Park
  • Wanstead Park

Training sessions for other events include the ELR 12 Mile Marathon Taper Run, 12 Mile Marathon Road Training Run, 13 Mile Run from Wanstead Leisure Centre and Back and the 15 mile Off Road Marathon Training Run via Epping Forest to name but a few. There are literally dozens of different routes throughout the coming year to choose from. Please see the website for up to date details.

Further Club Activities

East London Runners Club organises many social events where runners can get together to relax chat and have a drink. There is a weekly social on Wednesdays in the George Pub in Wanstead. What better way to follow a training session than to kick back and enjoy a chat and drink with like-minded people.

Getting There

The closest tube station to Ashton Playing Fields is Woodford on the Central line. Wanstead Leisure Centre is located between Wanstead and Redbridge tube stations on the Central line.

  • East London Runners
  • Wanstead Leisure Centre
  • Redbridge Lane West
  • Wanstead
  • London
  • E11 2JZ
  • Tele Club Secretary Mike Wilson 0793034917

South London Harriers

South London Harriers

South London Harriers is located in Coulsdon on Brighton Road and has been on the go for almost one hundred and fifty years boasting many championship runners including a world Championship winner! This club caters for all levels of ability and ages offering regular training and competitions for all members to enjoy. South London Harriers caters for road running and cross country training along with qualified coaches who are dedicated to their sport.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

Track and Field is catered for at Track Coulsdon and also at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre too with meetings taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cross country and running sessions are held at Coulsdon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday mornings with all levels of ability catered for.

Cross country races are held weekly from September onwards. Track Coulsdon is located in the grounds of Woodcote High School with the entrance located on Meadow Hill. Meetings begin at 6-30pm, while weekly hurdle training sessions are held on Saturdays at 10.30am. Children age eight years and over may become members of the club. Coulsdon Clubhouse Sessions are held at 6-45pm Tuesdays, 6-30pm Thursday with Marathon training held at 9am on Sundays.

Running Routes and Training

Track Coulsdon hold training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions include

Tuesday

  • Endurance Training
  • Middle Distance Training
  • 11 to 14 Junior Athletics
  • Senior Athlete Interval Sessions

Thursday

  • Junior Athletics
  • Y/A Middle Distance and Endurance Sessions
  • Senior Athletes Middle Distance Endurance Sessions

Training runs also set off from the club house and include Banstead Downs nine and a half mile run, Nork Park ten mile run, a ten mile Railway Run, Sanderstead Hill nine and a half mile run and the Sleeping Policeman nine and a half mile run.

South London Harriers also hold many club runs for their members to enjoy. These include the Near As Damn It 10K run on Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, The Gibb Annual 5 Mile Cross Country Race, The Pirie annual 10 Mile race, the Elmore 7 mile road race in Chipstead and the 2 mile Annual Boxing Day Handicap. The club also has a Triathlon Club that runners may join. Please visit the website for further details.

Further Club Activities

South London Harriers hold social events throughout the year for their athletes to enjoy. The clubhouse has its own bar where members may have a drink following training or races. There is an annual New Year's Eve Party too along with Halloween, Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year parties. Every April the club hosts its annual award ceremony, while in July and December there are Solstice fun runs!

South London Harriers also organises weekends away for training purposes with even some trips heading abroad to places such as Lanzarote. Between meetings and events there is always the club forum to join in where members may chat to other members about anything they want really!

Getting There

South London Harriers Clubhouse is located on Brighton Road in Coulsdon town centre. The nearest train station is Coulsdon South that is a quarter of a mile away, while bus numbers 60 and 166 pass the clubhouse. The closest station for Track Coulsdon is Coulsdon Town, while bus numbers 434 and 463 pass close by.

  • South London Harriers
  • 194a Brighton Road,
  • Coulsdon
  • CR5 2NF
  • Tele 07747 691 646 Steve Vincent Membership Secretary

Chelsea Running Club

Chelsea Running Club

Chelsea Running Club was established by a group of likeminded people who live in the Chelsea area and wanted to run together in Chelsea rather than having to run with other clubs out of their local. The aim of the club is to bring running to all ages and abilities while also having a lot of fun and social interaction along the way. Whether you are a complete newbie to running or want to train for a Triathlon Chelsea Running Club will offer you a very warm welcome.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

Chelsea Running Club members meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Chelsea Fire Station at 7.15pm. Runners run in specific groups according to their abilities. There is on road parking outside the meeting place, while there are no showers or lockers available for use. There is no cost to join the club as the club is run on a come join in premise.

New runners or beginners meet on Mondays at the club where they can come along for a chat to ascertain if they would like to make the club their regular port of call. The normal run is around three miles long therefore a certain level of fitness is required to join in, while the Monday run is a more social affair therefore is great for beginners as the pace is more of a jog rather than a run.

Running Routes and Training

Monday is the most popular night to run with the club as it is a social run that fits all abilities of fitness. There are around thirty runners on Mondays meaning there are plenty of people to talk to with regard to any queries you may have about the club.

On Tuesdays the club focuses on a full body workout which takes place in the shape of a boot camp in Battersea Park.  These sessions are all about improving fitness, toning the body and reducing body fat by way of high intensity exercises. Boot camps are run for all abilities and start at 7.15pm finishing at 8pm. The boot camp takes place all weathers except for snow and ice.

The Wednesday run is a longer session of ten to fifteen kilometres therefore runners need to be a little more experienced and have progressed from the beginners or intermediate groups in order to take part. The run leaves the fire station at 7.15pm, while the only weather that impedes the run taking place is snow and ice.

Further Club Activities

Extra-curricular activities come in the shape of drinks in a pre-designated pub in the Chelsea area. Further information regarding contacting the club can be found at the website where an email facility is provided.

Getting There

The closest over ground train station is Imperial Wharf that is approximately one mile from the fire station. The 211 bus service that starts at Hammersmith Bus Station passes the fire station.

  • Chelsea Running Club
  • Chelsea Fire Station
  • 264 Kings Road
  • SW3 5UF
  • No telephone number available

London Heathside

London Heathside

London Heathside, established in 2000 is an athletics and running club located in North London that is run by volunteers. All ages and abilities are catered for, while road running, cross country, triathlon and track and field athletics are also catered for here. London Heathside also trains runners who wish to enter the London Marathon, while the club boasts upward of five hundred members making it one of the most popular running clubs in London. London Heathside holds the Sport England's Club Mark meaning the club is designated as a safe place for the young or vulnerable to train.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

The club meets in various locations including Haringey, Muswell Hill, Camden, Islington, and Hackney. Meetings available include

  • Road Running Sessions on Tuesdays at 7.30pm from North London YMCA
  • Road Running Sessions on Wednesdays at 7pm from the Royal Free Hospital Recreation Club
  • Track and Field Training at Finsbury Park Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • Newcomers are offered 2 free sessions to ascertain whether they wish to join the club

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions are held five times a week and includes a very long run that takes place on Sundays setting off from Highgate Tube Station. Interval sessions also run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. The club hosts a full track, field training and racing programme with the home track located in Finsbury Park. Further training venues include

  • The YMCA Fitness Centre N8 Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm road runs, summer and winter runs
  • The Royal Free Recreation Club meets Wednesday 7pm. Road and off road running
  • Trent Park Cockfosters Saturdays 10.15am off road speed/endurance sessions
  • Highgate Tube Station Sunday mornings 9am fast paced run and 10am official club run

Eighteen+ Beginners meet at the YMCA Fitness Centre Crouch End at 7.30pm. September to April runs are pavement runs of 5.5 miles to 9 miles. London Heathside offers hill sessions during autumn and winter that run from Finsbury Park every week. The run alternates between the hill run and a steady run they have named the roller coaster.

Young athletes are also catered for at the club with sessions on Tuesdays at Finsbury Park for ages 4 to 8+. Thursdays at Finsbury Park cater for ages 5 through to 9+. Cross country runners meet Saturday 10.30am for age 5 to 7 years, while on Sundays at Finsbury  Park track and running activities take place for children aged 1 year through to those aged 9 years and over. Please see the website for further details.

Further Club Activities

London Heathside also compete in many competitions in many disciplines including the cross country leagues, track and field events, road championships, the London Marathon and the South of England Fell running Championships.

Getting There

All locations that London Heathside run from are serviced by tube stations and bus routes. Please see Transport London to find the best service for your particular destination.

  • London Heathside
  • Flat 1
  • 9 Winchester Road
  • London
  • N6 5HW
  • No telephone Number Listed

We Run

We Run

We Run is a network of London running clubs with a club based at Clapham Common and one in North London. Both these clubs host two running training sessions per week with sessions hosted by professionally trained coaches. All levels of ability are welcome to join in the runs as well as all age groups with the runs aimed at getting runners fit while also having fun too. Running groups are relatively small making it easy for you to get to know your coach and vice versa. We Run also caters for those who wish to enter triathlons, marathons and park runs.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

The Clapham Common club meets twice a week Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on Clapham Common for group running sessions. The one hour session covers speed, stamina, technique and running style in order to help improve the runners overall performance. The North London club meets in Regents Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm with the session covering all the same elements the Clapham Common club covers.

Those joining the run at Regents Park will meet outside the coffee shop at the tennis centre that is opposite the college and Queen Mary's Gardens. Membership costs £24.99 per month. Those running with the Clapham Common Club will meet on the corner of Nightingale Lane and Clapham Common South Side.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions are held at Clapham Common and Regents Park locations regularly with both locations offering wide expanses of running areas to pursue. Both clubs also make frequent trips to take part in local park runs or timed events that will improve their runners' performance and ability. A wide range of runners take part making even the most inexperienced runner feel at home.

Free taster sessions are also offered at the clubs and are a great way for runners to decide whether they wish to join the club or not. These sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday at Clapham Common at 6.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm in Regents Park. There is no pressure to become a member following the taster sessions while runners must decide for themselves which way they wish to go in this regard. Taster sessions may be booked at the website.

A Twenty Six Week Marathon Training Plan is also offered at We Run which is a superb idea as running a marathon is no easy feat. This well planned course covers a whole range of topics such as strength, conditioning, nutrition and the mental side of running a marathon. In fact it covers pretty much all you need to know in order to run a safe, trained marathon race while avoiding the pitfalls. The club offers the choice of three plans for your consideration.

Further Club Activities

Both clubs hold regular socials for their runners to get involved in. This is a great way to get to know other club members in a relaxed atmosphere. Members are also involved in local and national running events and triathlons.

Getting There

Both Regents Park and Clapham Common are serviced by regular tube and bus services therefore runners will have no difficulty finding a service to suit.

  • We Run
  • +44 7725 990 117
  • john@we-run.co.uk

Highgate Harriers

Highgate Harriers

Highgate Harriers are located in Hampstead Heath and welcome runners in all age groups from the age of seven years upward, while also catering for all levels of ability from total beginners through to advanced runners. Based at the Parliament Hill Running Track the club uses the superb hilly landscape on which to train with cross country running being a favourite part of their running calendar.

Where and When Do the Club Meet?

The club meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Parliament Hill offering sessions for all age groups and abilities. The Southern Athletics League also meets at the club with the next meeting taking place on Saturday June 20th, while the Youth Development League meets at Parliament Hill on July 18th 2015. Those wishing to try out a session can simply go along to the club and join in to see if Highgate Harriers is the club for them.

Running Routes and Training

Highgate Harriers has plenty of great running space where runners train on a regular basis in order to perfect their running skills. As far as track and field is concerned both male and female athletes will compete in the Southern Athletics League, while the club also takes part in the London Inter Club Challenge. Finally the Youth Development League runs from the club and welcomes boys and girls to compete in teams.

Adults and young adults can compete in the Metropolitan Cross Country League where teams from the club tend to do really well! Highgate Harriers also competes in all the important Area, County and National Cross Country Championships. Training sessions are held at the club at the following times and locations

  • Tuesday on Parliament Hill Senior Track and Field from 6.30pm
  • Tuesday on Parliament Hill Senior Middle Distance from 6.45pm
  • Tuesday on Parliament Hill Young Athletes Middle Distance age 11-16 6pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday on Parliament Hill Young Athletes Track and Field age 11-16 6pm to 7pm
  • Thursday Parliament Hill Fun Athletics for age 7-11 5.15pm to 6pm and 6pm to 6.45pm
  • Thursday Parliament Hill Young Athletes Track and Field/Middle Distance Age 11-16 6pm to 7pm
  • Thursday Parliament Hill Senior Track and Field from 6.30pm
  • Thursday Parliament Hill Senior Middle Distance from 6.45pm
  • Saturday Parliament Hill beside the track at 10am is both Senior and Junior Long and Middle Distance
  • Sunday Parliament Hill Senior Long Run 10am and Senior Track and Field from 10.30am.

Membership of Highgate Harriers is renewed annually with prices varying for juniors and senior members, while those wishing to register can do it online if they wish.

Further Club Activities

The club sells its own merchandise with items such as hooded tops and beanie hats available to buy from the website.

Getting There

The nearest underground stations to the Highgate Harriers Club are Belsize Park or Kentish Town, while the closest over ground stations are Gospel Park or Hampstead Heath on Silver Links North London Line. Buses include 214, C2 and C11 that stop at Highgate Road.

  • Highgate Harriers
  • Parliament Hill Fields
  • Highgate Road
  • London
  • NW5 1QR
  • Tele 020 7435 8998

Wimbledon Windmilers

Wimbledon  Windmilers

Wimbledon Windmilers has over seven hundred members and is London's second largest running club. The club welcomes everyone young or old experienced or inexperienced it doesn't matter all you need is enthusiasm for running. The club competes in all kinds of races and competitions with club races including cross country races, triathlons and the unique Windmile races that take place in spring and autumn.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Wimbledon Windmilers meet in various locations throughout the week. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings they meet at 7pm at Wimbledon Rugby Club running on the common in summer and on the road during the winter. The club also meets on Saturday mornings at 9.30am at Wimbledon Park Track for a coaching session and Sunday mornings at 10am at Wimbledon Common Windmill for formal coaching sessions or social runs.

Running Routes and Training

Training takes place at Wimbledon Rugby Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm where up to sixty runners gather to take part. The sessions cater for all levels of ability and nobody is left to trail behind at all. The club offers great facilities and there is a club house to relax in following the training sessions. Saturday track sessions as well as Sunday runs also leave from here.

Sunday is a popular training day with coached runs starting at 10am. Distances vary from three miles, five miles and seven miles, while longer runs of eleven miles also take place on Sundays. The longer runs are superb for those who are training for a marathon, while coaches are available to offer advice for anyone who needs it.

Track training takes place on Saturdays at the Wimbledon Park Track with sessions starting off gently for runners to warm up then speed sessions follow. Track training helps to increase a runners speed and staying power, while it's convenient too in that there are no unforeseen obstacles to tackle along the way as there can be when running on paths and roads.

Further Club Activities

Wimbledon Windmilers also offer swimming training at Wimbledon College and cycling training that takes place on Saturday mornings Wednesday evenings during summer at Richmond Park. The club also arranges social events for its members to enjoy. Monthly pub socials are organised along with an annual quiz night and Christmas party.

Membership application forms for Wimbledon Windmilers are available online, while prospective members may join in a couple of training sessions as a taster before joining. Individual memberships as well as family and discounted memberships such as for the over sixties are offered.

Getting There

The number 200 bus travels from Wimbledon and Raynes Park train stations past the Wimbledon Rugby Football Club. The closest train station is Raynes Park. Those travelling by car need to use postcode SW20 0ET for their sat Nav. Wimbledon Park Athletics Track is serviced by the 493 and 196 bus services, while the closest underground is the Wimbledon Park District line. Wimbledon Windmill is located just off the A219 at Tibbets Corner roundabout. The 93 bus runs from Putney Bridge, while tram links run from Croydon. The nearest train stations are Wimbledon and Putney.

  • Wimbledon Park Athletics Track      
  • Home Park Road                                  
  • Wimbledon Park                                  
  • SW19 7HU
  • Tele 020 8545 3667

There is an emailing facility at the website for those who have any queries.

  • Wimbledon Windmill
  • London
  • SW19 5NR

East End Road Runners

East End Road Runners

East End Road Runners was established in 1984 and is located in Newham East London catering for runners of all levels whether you are a complete beginner or have been running for a while you will be very welcome at this running club. All training here is led by qualified running coaches, while those who are thinking about joining the club can take part in a couple of taster sessions before they make a decision.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at the Newham Leisure Centre Terence McMillan Stadium. Tuesdays is track running of around four miles that runs from 6.45pm to 8.15pm. Thursdays is a seven mile road run that starts at 7pm, while Sunday sessions are road running covering six miles and over.

Running Routes and Training

The Tuesday training session consists mainly of speed work and is run on a 400 metre outdoor track from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This run provides a safe environment where runners can be competitive but friendly where their times are recorded plus they will receive useful feedback from the coaches too. Every six weeks a time trial is also held. This trial enables the coaches to see how runners are improving their skills and potential.

Thursday's session is a paced run of around seven miles on roads and through parks. There is an option to extend the run to nine miles for those who wish. Sunday's sessions consist of two steady paced runs ideal for those training for a half marathon. Hill running and time trials are also included when the season permits. The average pace of these runs is around the eight to eleven minutes per mile rate. Some members choose to join in the West Ham Park 5K series, while Sunday runners must be able to manage a six mile run with no problems. Marathon training also takes place on Sundays.

Favoured routes of East End Road Runners include the Greenway Jay run that leaves the club to run to Stratford High Street then back again. Another run takes us to Windsor Park Bridge and back, while another great route takes us alongside the dock into Britannia Village. The club routes range in distance from five to twenty one miles. The club also hosts a Christmas handicap run every year of around four and a half miles around Victoria Dock.

Further Club Activities

At the present time no details of social activities and the like are available. Come back to view details in the near future.

Getting There

There is plenty of free parking outside the club, while the closest tube stations are Plaistow on the District line and Prince Regent on the DLR. Bus numbers 147, 262, 300, 376,473 pass the club.

  • East End Road Runners
  • Terence McMillan Stadium
  • Newham Leisure Centre
  • 281 Prince Regent Lane
  • London
  • E13 8SD
  • Tele 0797 926 1647