New Members Days

Coming to your first run with the Club can be daunting. But we strongly encourage and welcome new runners to the Club and we’ll do everything we can to make your first run with us a great one! If you’re thinking of coming along to the Club for the first time, we strongly recommend you come along on one of our “New Member” days. These are:

  • The first Monday of each month

Remaining dates for 2017: 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 7 November and 4 December

For “New Member” Mondays, you can either do the regular route, or the “New Members” route: from Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park (outside the Imperial War Museum) to Chelsea Bridge and back (about 7.5km in total). Click here to see the “New Members” route on Google Maps.

  • The second Wednesday of each month

Remaining dates for 2017: 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 16 November and 13 December

For “New Member” Wednesdays, you can either do the regular route or the “New Members” route: one lap of Regent’s Park (inside in summer and outside in winter) (about 6km in total). Click here to see the “New Members” route on Google Maps.

  • The fourth Saturday of each month

Remaining dates for 2017: 26 August, 23 September, 21 October, 26 November and 23 December

For “New Member” Saturdays, you can either do the regular route of the “New Members” route: one outer lap of Hyde Park (about 6.75km). Click here to see the “New Members” route on Google Maps.

NB: We particularly welcome women to come along on the “New Member” Wednesdays as Wednesday is our most popular night for female Club members.

“New Member” days are the best way to try the Club out alongside other people who are in the same boat as you. On each “New Member” days there’ll be a Club member there who’ll be able to tell you all about the Club, the changing rooms, and the other logistics you need to know. They’ll also take you through the “New Member” route for that day (between 5km and 7km) and run at the back of the group to make sure no-one gets lost.

It’s a good idea to think beforehand about the pace that you’d be comfortable running that distance and to try and familiarise yourself with the route, and we do recommend that you be able to run at least 5km without stopping. If you’re a more experienced runner, and happy to run the route by yourself at a faster pace, you’re more than welcome to! But if you’d rather take it more gently or would be happier running alongside someone who knows the route, there’ll be a Club member on each “New Member” day who will run at the back of the group. You can either run alongside them, or ahead safe in the knowledge that if you’re unsure of the route at any point, they’ll catch up with you at some point to show you the way.

We do recommend that you be able to run at least 5km without stopping, but if you’re not able to run 5km without stopping at the moment, we recommend the Couch to 5K programme which you can find out about here. Whatever your starting ability, in just a few weeks you’ll be running 5km and we’ll be here waiting for you to join us!

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in the FAQs below, please do get in touch with us at [email protected].

FAQs

I want to run with the Club for the first time. Do I have to come along on one of the “New Member” days?

No. You’re welcome to come along for your first run with the Club on any of our weekly runs. However, we do strongly recommend that you come along on a “New Member” day if you’re not sure of the route or would like to run with others, because it is only at our “New Member” days that we can guarantee that there will be a Club member who’ll be able to take you through the route and run at the back of the group to make sure no-one gets lost. But if you’re confident of running the route by yourself, you’re very welcome to come along on any of our runs.

I’m not very fast. Is this a problem?

No! A designated Club member at each “New Members” day will go at at the back of the group and you can either run alongside them, or ahead safe in the knowledge that if you’re unsure of the route at any point, they’ll catch up with you at some point to show you the way.

How far is the run on the “New Member” days?

The runs on the “New Members” days are slightly shorter versions of the regular routes on those days. They are all between 6km and 7.5km:

  • For “New Member” Mondays, the route is from Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park (outside the Imperial War Museum) to Chelsea Bridge and back (about 7.5km in total). Click here to see the route on Google Maps.

  • For “New Member” Wednesdays, the route is one lap of Regent’s Park (inside in summer and outside in winter) (about 6km in total). Click here to see the route on Google Maps.

  • For “New Member” Saturdays, the route is one outer lap of Hyde Park (about 6.75km). Click here to see the Route on Google Maps.

Do I have to tell the Club I’m coming?

No. You’re free to turn up on a “New Member” day (or any other day) and there’s no need to let us know beforehand. But if you’re coming along on a Saturday, you’ll need to inform our Membership Secretary (via [email protected]) by 12.00pm the day before (Friday) so you can be added to the guest list for the changing facilities. And, if you would like to, or if you have any questions at all about the run, the Club, or anything else, you can get in touch with us at [email protected].

How much does it cost?

Your first three runs with the Club are absolutely free. After that, we ask that you become a member of the Club (with an annual subscription). As a member, each run is £1 or you can take advantage of one of our prepayment options.

Do I have to join the Club first?

No. You can run with the Club up to three times before making a decision as to whether you want to join the Club or not.

What happens after the run?

After our runs, we go for dinner (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) or brunch (on Saturdays). This isn’t compulsory but we do highly encourage it as a way to get to know other Club members.