In 2010, a handful of runners set out for a run leaving their bags behind in Tim’s apartment.
Fast forward 7 years, this running club grew to become London City Runners, a multi-award winning club. London City Runners has one aim; to help as many people as possible to enjoy the thrill and rewards of running in London for free. Over the years we’ve helped 7000+ runners achieve their individual goals. It’s become a strong force for good in the local community and for many a social hub in the heart of the incredible city of London. Our social focus is as thriving as ever and we’ve had no less than 8 marriages (and counting), 3 babies and countless friendships!
We are now the largest running club in London that is COMPLETELY free and not funded or affiliated to a sports retailer. Unlike many other running clubs which can feel cliquey and elitist, we welcome everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned marathon runners. Nothing beats the endorphin rush after a run and the joy of meeting like minded people with a common interest so what’s stopping you… come and join the fun!
As a community sports group we are by definition what is called an unincorporated association. This means we have the right to put some terms and conditions in place to make sure that our members are safe and happy and the interests of the club are protected.
We’ve even inspired members to set up other clubs in cities such as Baku in Azerbaijan!
London’s best running club! Got here for the first time, people were so friendly and helpful. Can’t wait for next time. X
Group of the year award 2013
The achievements of London City Runners were last week acknowledged when they picked up a prestigious award at the England Athletics London Region awards. The annual awards hosted by Bob Smith, England Athletics London Regional Manager were held at the new Institute of Sport, Health & Fitness on Tottenham Court Road.
Club founder Tim Navin-Jones collected the award for “Run England group of the year” after London City Runners showed remarkable growth in the past 12 months by exceeding 2500 registered participants. The award was presented by Mara Yamauchi who finished 6th in the 2008 Olympic Marathon and also gave an insightful talk to the audience of 80 about her career and the importance of preparation at all levels of sport. Tim Navin-Jones commented on the award by saying “It was a huge honour to receive this award amongst such inspirational people. It’s been a great source of encouragement for our volunteers to be recognised by England Athletics in this way”.
Other Awards and achievements
The club has also won volunteering awards for ‘Participation Project of the Year’ and for the highly coveted ‘Club of the Year’ in 2014 from London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity. Out of the entire UK we also won Running club of the year 2017 (Men’s and Women’s running) which is a fantastic accolade.
In 2013 Tim Navin-Jones was introduced to David White from Southwark Council and it was agreed that a local athletics club would be formed from City Runners. After Tim recruited a committee the colours and logo of City Runners were then used to form London City Athletics Club