Runners Need Just Run
Eight of Runners Need’s 14 London outlets have a free running club. Sessions vary to make the most of each store’s local area. After three runs, you get a goody bag and t-shirt. For every ten that you complete, you’ll be given £10 to spend in store or online. Not only that, but the retailer offers full 12-week training programmes to build you up to 5k, 10k or half-marathon races.
Asics Run Club
Operating out of Asics’ Oxford Street flagship, this lot meet for an hour on Monday and Friday evenings. Routes incorporate the sights of central London and, going at a relatively relaxed pace, you might even have time to take them in. Like its old rival Adidas, Asics organises its group via Facebook; unlike Adidas, its events are not as oversubscribed and you don’t have to book in advance.
Need another reason to lift yourself off the sofa? Good Gym is here to help you hit your fitness goals while also giving something back to your community. Launching from bases all across London, group events can see participants running to their local park to plant trees, to a community garden to shift earth, or to a food bank to sort cans. Each session is designed to be completed in around 90 minutes, with distances typically varying between 3km and 15km.