Sessions and Socials

Update 6th August 2020: Please note our running club sessions are currently being restricted due to COVID19. In order to keep everyone safe and socially distanced it is no longer possible to just show up to our venue to run as we have to prevent overcrowding. To run please book onto one of our runs via our spreadsheets that will be posted on Facebook and sent out in the newsletter every Friday. We are currently NOT doing intervals or track sessions, but we are holding river runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays. Please note that our Tuesday sessions are currently particularly busy and fill up quickly so if you miss out on a slot please consider coming on a Thursday or Sunday instead… they can be just as much fun!

Our sessions meet at our clubhouse ( 130 Druid St, London, SE1 2HH ) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and at Southwark Athletics Centre (Hawkstone Road, SE16 2PE) on Wednesdays.

Our sessions go ahead in all weathers and all year round. The only time we don’t run is during the week of Christmas, and on 3 Sundays (Easter Sunday,  and on the days of the London Marathon and Big Half). Reminders of this are clearly notified on our Facebook and social media pages each year. Just to reiterate – YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS at our meeting points while you run – but please note there are no changing/locker facilities at either our clubhouse or the track. We recommend that you arrive changed and preferably don’t bring any valuables.


Tuesday Thames Run – 5k, 6k or 10k

Our most popular session!  Our Tuesdays regularly attract over 100 runners of all abilities and many runners stay for drinks afterwards. Our venue is open from 6.30pm and most runners arrive around 7pm. Please arrive in plenty of time for a 7.15pm start. You can either run 5k, 6k or 10k depending on which bridge you cross over the Thames. Many runners stop at City Hall and do a few stretches after the run, but you can chose to run all the way back to the venue.

Thursday – Interval training OR Road run

Every Thursday we meet at our venue and there are 2 choices you can pick from:

  • Most runners join our free interval session around Bermondsey Spa Gardens which is around the corner from the venue. The content of these sessions vary each week and they are designed to improve your strength, speed or endurance. 
  • Some runners opt instead to do a road run which is the same as the Tuesday session. This is less well-attended than our Tuesday session, so if you are unfamiliar with the route we would recommend you come along on a Tuesday instead to familiarise yourself with the route.

Just like on Tuesdays, our venue is open from 6.30pm, and most runners arrive around 7pm. Please be at our venue in plenty of time for a 7.15pm start.

Sunday Runs

We now have 2 group runs on a Sunday! Our venue is open from 9am and the first group leaves at 9.30am and another at 11.30am. Both attract a wide range of abilities and new members and follow the same route so its entirely up to you which one you want to join.

Both groups always head East along the river. Most runners do a 10km option which stops midway for a photo near Greenland pier and then turns back to the venue. However some runners choose to run all the way to the Greenwich foot tunnel, over to the North side of the Thames and then west to Towerbridge. This is approximately 18km.

Whichever option you choose, please arrive at our venue in plenty of time for your run. We often go for a Sunday Roast afterwards or stick around in the arch for drinks and food from Maltby St market.


Track Wednesdays

Every Wednesday our club has exclusive use of Southwark Track from 7pm until 8.30pm. Please arrive at Southwark Athletics Track, Hawkstone Rd, London SE16 2PE in plenty of time for the session to start promptly at 7.15pm each week.

Please note we have to charge entry to the track at £4 per runner per session to cover the track hire fees.You can pay either via cash or card on the door, ideally bring the exact change as this is fastest. If its your first time running on the track with us we will also ask you to sign a code of conduct document and brief you on track etiquette.

Please note there are no changing facilities or running water at the track so please bring hydration and arrive changed. Most weeks our sessions will be run by our qualified run leaders, but with regular visits from time to time by experienced coaches and well-known guests from the running world!

Simply AMAZING! Was so happy to find this group when I arrived in London. Great atmosphere and friendly people…
Hannah A


Club socials and races

The social element of London City Runners is almost as important as the running itself. Our runners are lovely people and there’s no better way to meet fellow runners and discover this awe inspiring City than to come along and get involved. Many members stay for drinks after each session and we have regular socials including Sunday Lunches, pub crawls, meals out, and an annual Christmas do.

To top that off, we also attend a number of races both home and overseas. Over the years we’ve had  running club trips all over the world! Edinburgh, Portugal, Nice, Reykjavik, Budapest, Amsterdam, Athens, and Valencia to name a few.
Many people run their very first half or even full marathon with the club and receive a lot of support and advice along the way. We also host regular workshops at our venue with experts such as running coaches, nutritionists, and physios. Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media for details of upcoming events!
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