In 2010, a handful of runners set out for a run, leaving their bags behind in Tim’s apartment…
… the club grew from that very first session and has grown every year since. Today London City Runners is a huge, multi-award winning club. We have 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. The club has become a strong force for good in the local area and 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 9 marriages (and counting), 3 babies and countless friendships!
We are now the largest running club in London that is 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!
We’ve even inspired members to set up clubs in other cities – such as Baku Runners in Azerbaijan and www.brightonrunners.com in Melbourne.
London’s best running club! Got here for the first time, people were so friendly and helpful. Can’t wait for next time. X
Our Award-winning Club:
Group of the year Award 2013
“In 2013 London City Runners was acknowledged for its achievements when it 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 preceding 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”. ”
In June 2010 London City Runners was chosen as the name for our club and Tim designed its yellow and blue trademark . Yellow and blue were chosen as they are the colours of Tim’s home town of Leeds, and Tower Bridge was chosen as its the iconic bridge of the Tuesday route that we still do to this day.
In June 2012 we hosted our first 10k race in Southwark park supported by the local council, and which was the first ever source of income.
In 2013 Tim was introduced to members of Southwark Council and it was agreed that a local athletics club would be formed from London City Runners. Tim recruited a committee and founded London City Athletics club.
London City Runners 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.
Most recently we also won Running Club of the Year 2017 from Men’s Running Magazine, a nationwide magazine in which 1000s of readers voted.
In 2018 we opened our own 1800 sqft venue to house our club in the city of London, which serves as London’s only running-themed cafe-bar and event space.
As of October 2018, we are now working on a range of running workshops, presentations, and are using the services of running coaches and physiotherapists to expand our offerings to the running community across London.
In 2019 we will start a much wider variety of training sessions, and some of our members are looking to form our own race team.
On the social side, we have a huge number of events being planned, including trail runs and overseas trips, as well as fundraising events and parties.
Watch this space!
Friends & Supporters of the club
We have a slew of local and national businesses that we are working with in 2018, or who provide support to the club in other ways. These include the following:
London City Runners have been generously supported in 2018 by Tower Bridge Parking, a secure underground car park in the heart of Shad Thames and close to our meeting point.