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 continued to go from strength to strength 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. Over the years, we’ve helped 10,000+ runners achieve their individual goals.
The club has become a strong force for good in the local area and is a social hub in the heart of the incredible city of London. Our social focus is as thriving as ever and we’ve had at least 20 marriages and countless friendships develop between people who’ve met through the club.
Hi, I’m Tim. My Dad was a marathon runner way back in the 70s (a long time before it was fashionable!) and running has been a big part of my life since I was a child. At school I ran in the nationals for cross country and athletics. At University I was a keen triathlete then after graduation I got a taste for marathons and have had the bug ever since! In May 2010 I set up London City Runners and it’s been a been a great pleasure getting hundreds and thousands of people to enjoy the natural buzz that running brings through running with the club.
Is there somewhere for me to change?For river runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, please arrive at our clubhouse changed and ready to run. At the Wednesday track sessions, we have use of the changing facilities at the Athletics Centre. Please arrive early if you need to change, as we cannot wait for any latecomers to start the session.
I’ve never run before. Can I still join your club?We welcome runners of every pace, but we recommend that you can run at least a continuous 5K before joining our road runs or track sessions in order to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Is there bike parking?There is limited bike parking at the clubhouse for the river runs with two bike racks. For Wednesday track sessions, there is bike parking on the covered patio at the Athletics Centre, or you can lock your bike to the railings at the track.
Will there be somewhere I can leave my bag?You can leave your bag in the clubhouse for the road running sessions, but please note that any belongings are left at your own risk. The club cannot accept liability for lost, stolen or damaged items. For track sessions, you can either leave your bag at the side of the track, or make use of the lockers inside the Athletics Centre. Please bring a padlock if you wish to use a locker. As always, any belongings are left at your own risk.
Where do you meet?All of our road running sessions (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday), meet at our clubhouse at 130 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH. The meeting point for our Wednesday track sessions is at the Southwark Park Sports and Athletics Centre, Hawkstone Road, London SE16 2PE. Please note that all track sessions must be booked in advance – it is not possible to turn up and run as we need to keep a cap on numbers. Track sessions can be booked by visiting the relevant tab in the navigation bar.
How can I join one of your runs?First, please register as a member by making a profile online, using the icon in the upper right hand corner of the website. You are then ready to come along to any of road running sessions on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday! Please visit the River Runs tab in the navigation bar for more information on times and routes. These are completely free of charge. The only thing we ask is that you stick around for a drink afterwards. If you would like to come to a Wednesday track session, these all must be booked and paid for in advance using the tab in the navigation bar. Please note that it is not possible to turn up unannounced as we need to keep a cap on numbers.
How can I give back?Our club is the largest of its kind, which is free to join and unsponsored by a brand. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to operate! We rely on a huge volunteer base to be viable, and are lucky to have a huge community of runners around us who choose to give back to the club in many different ways. Here are the biggest things you can do if you want to help London City Runners: Come volunteer at the club! We are always happy to hear from people who would like to help out in our venue. If you want to help behind the bar, don’t worry if you have no experience! We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll be able to whip up a flat white and an espresso martini in no time. Plus, it’s one of the best ways to meet other members! AND you get free drinks! Become an [affiliated member]! It’s a direct way to say you appreciate the work we put in to run the club sessions, plus it comes with loads of awesome benefits, such as discounts on race entries and running kit, a chance to run with our cross country team, steeply discounted leadership courses with England Athletics, and more. At only £35 annually, the membership will soon pay for itself. And it means you can get your hands on one of the snazzy yellow London City Runners vests! Make a direct donation. You can do so at our venue or via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, if you have a job, skill, business or venture which would benefit the club and you would like to work with us, please [contact us]. You’d be surprised at the variety of skills and businesses that contribute to our club. Beyond that, please support us like you would any other small business! Stick around for a drink after your run, buy some merchandise, or purchase a ticket to one of our events. Your contributions make all the difference!
How do I become a member of London City Runners?We offer two different types of membership, social (free) and affiliated (£35/year). Becoming a social member allows you to join any of the regular weekly club sessions, including the free road runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and the Wednesday track sessions (£5). To become a social member please just create a profile using the icon in the upper right hand corner of the website and pop in your details. Easy! The affiliated membership offers you additional benefits, such as discounts on race entries and running kit, a chance to run with our cross country team, steeply discounted leadership courses with England Athletics, and more. If you have been enjoying the runs and want to support London City Runners, we would recommend signing up to become an affiliated member. The fee you pay goes directly back into the club, and at such an affordable price, will soon pay for itself! To sign up for affiliated membership please visit the Membership page and complete the form. We will then be in touch to arrange payment online.