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), 6 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.
Our logo is now recognised all over the world as we have so many visitors from overseas and international members. We designed our logo in 2010 to feature Tower Bridge – the iconic bridge we’ve run over every week since our very first run. Yellow and Blue were chosen in honour of Tim’s hometown of Leeds.
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 2012 London City Runners hosted its first 10k race in Southwark park and this was the first ever source of income for the club
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.
We also won Running Club of the Year 2017 from Men’s Running Magazine, a nationwide magazine in which 1000s of readers voted.
Our crowning achievement was in 2018 when 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.
For 2019 we will be using the benefit of having our own venue to launch a wide-range of events for runners, including workshops, networking events and socials. We will also 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.
We have a slew of brands, businesses and organisations that we are working with in 2019, or who provide support to the club in other ways. We’ll be making some big announcements about these shortly.
Watch this space!