Just to confirm Run Club Putney's still going strong so feel free to pop down and join us for a free trial. Obviously there is a monthly fee though I think we're one of the few clubs with professional coaches and our aim is to provide quality coached sessions for all levels at a reasonable price. Most of our sessions are circuit or technique based which seems to work well with such a wide range of abilities though we do also train groups up for specific events throughout the year.
Admittedly if you're a keen runner who's already out 2/3 times a week that's one thing but our general model is to attract those maybe new to the sport or nervous about joining a large group who simply head out for a run. At the end of the day if you make a couple of sessions a week you're looking at £2.50/session. We try to find a middle ground between the high end coaching of somewhere like the Running School who charge £50 session and your classic running club whereby you'd just meet up and head off for a run (not great if you can't run for more than 5 minutes).
Anyway, the model seems to be doing well and we're currently offering 12 sessions a week around the capital to over 150 members. We've just come back from a trip to Paris where we got 12 newbies around the marathon with the next goal a 10k in July so hopefully something to offer everyone.
Come and join us in Run Club London, we train all over the SW in Earlsfield, Putney, Richmond, Clapham etc. We've pretty much got something going on around the capital 6 days a week with lots of speed and conditioning sessions plus long group social runs on the weekend building up to London/Paris/Brighton in April.
Feel free to check out our website (www.runclub.co.uk).If not I've heard Ealing Eagles are pretty good fun if you're over in that direction so lots to choose from.
I'm not sure I'd want to be in a club with you to be fair shiva. Like I said, I'm not knocking other clubs, we're just offering something different, however with that attitude I don't think you're doing anyone any favours.
Fortunately the response has been pretty good and we've had a fair few people book in, so in regards to no interest I say you're off the mark.
Like I said, maybe it's not designed for you, however people seem to appreciate it's good to get them involved.
Nothing wrong with joining other clubs of course though you have to remember shiva some people are a little intimidated by these slightly elitist groups who just go out running for hours and hours.
I think it's good to have an alternative, a middle ground between pure runner and slogging around aimlessly on your own.
I'm not knocking other clubs, they certainly have their place, though like I said, it's good to see people getting up there and trying something different. Running's for everybody these days, so let's help these guys get involved.
Yep, it's all good fun. It's 19 odd quid a month subscription and you can literally come to 5 sessions a week which is pretty good.
We get a lot of people from here so it all works well. I guess the point is if you've already done years and years of running then your not out target market however if you find it hard to motivate yourself or are looking for some cheap coaching and support, we're here to help.
It's nice a safe, so all qualified coaches who take care of everyone and we concentrate on speed sessions and drills making sure everyone can get involved.
We're pretty unique. A running club for the non elite I guess. You should come and try it parkrunfan. A few of our members actually train with serpentine for the longer runs then come down to us for the general conditioning and speed type stuff.
Don't knock it til you tried it. I think it's always good when you've got people doing new and unique things in exercise.