At London Frontrunners 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 experience! If you’re thinking of coming along to London Frontrunners for the first time, please read through this page to find out how we support new members on their first run, after that have a look through our different runs and decide which one you’d like to come to.
Each one of our runs has a leader and an assistant; they’re experienced and trusted club volunteers and are here to look after you on your first run (or first run on that route). They will ask you if you want to run with them and we would encourage you to take them up on their offer. Many new runners often assume they can follow other runners, that they know the route, or that they are being a burden by asking someone to run with them, but we’d rather make sure you’re first run with us is a fun and positive experience!
It’s a good idea to think beforehand about the pace that you’d be comfortable running and the distance. The leader will ask you what you think you are comfortable with and plan accordingly, but if you find that you are not comfortable with the distance or pace let them know and they will adjust the plan. If you’re a more experienced runner, we may suggest a similarly paced runner for you to run with.
Please do get in touch with us to let us know that you want to come on your first run via [email protected], and please get in touch afterwards and let us know how you got on, we’d appreciate the feedback.
How are you managing Covid-19 restrictions?
London Frontrunners place paramount importance on the physical condition, mental health and emotional well-being of our members, and of the wider LGBT+ and running community, and in consequence, have a responsible approach to all matters relative to the pandemic. We have in place a robust Covid-19 Policy and will always adhere to any current England Athletics and British Triathlon Federation health and safety guidance.
What is different under Covid-19 restrictions?
Normally we have access to changing facilities and bag storage at leisure centres, which is where we would meet up before the start of the run. Currently we are unable to use our leisure centres so we are meeting already changed at the start of our runs and will not have access to anywhere to store possessions and bags, except for track sessions where changing facilities and lockers are available. The meeting points are in the run descriptions underneath the maps on the page for each run (the maps still show the leisure centres).
We will continue to use an App called Spond (instructions on how to use this are here) for everyone to book onto runs and other events so that our Circle Leaders and Coaches are aware of who and how many runners are intending to turn up to assist the with planning the run or coaching session. Runs are released at 5.00pm two days in advance for signing up. Spond operates a waitlist for oversubscribed events and will let you know if you are on the waitlist and have secured a firm place. Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 policy.
Our post-run socials are also suspended / adapted depending on government restrictions.
I want to run with the Club for the first time. Do I have to come along on a particular day?
You’re welcome to come along for your first run with the Club on any of our weekly runs. Whilst our track sessions tend to attract more experienced runners, our Wednesday training sessions are led by England Athletics qualified coaches, are more flexible and open to varying abilities.
Our Wednesday training sessions and Regent’s Park runs tend to be popular amongst the women of the club, although you will find a friendly and welcoming environment at any run you turn up to.
I’m not very fast. Is this a problem?
Not at all! Our Club is made up of runners of all different abilities. The run leader will ensure that you are paired up with someone who will look after you and will run at whatever pace you are comfortable with. If you find you’re struggling or uncomfortable let the person you are buddied with know – they can slow down or even stop for a rest.
How far is the run?
The runs all involve routes that can be adapted very easily (even during the run) for different distances. Our members usually run routes between 5km and 14km. Before you come along, please give some consideration as to what pace and distance you think you can manage. If you are unsure, that’s not a problem, your buddy may suggest following the standard route but this can be adapted mid-run if you feel uncomfortable.
We operate a separate Saturday long run which is guided. This is normally 10-15 miles (16-23km) at a moderate pace. We would only recommend that you sign up to this if you know you are able to run that distance as the routes cannot be cut easily. We also have a monthly trail run in the countryside outside London, usually on a Sunday. Please get in touch if you are interested in these.
How much does it cost?
Your first month with the Club is absolutely free. After that, we invite you to become a member of the Club. Our annual subscriptions are shown on our “Join” page.
Our membership benefits include England Athletics affiliation which entitles you to discounted race entries, and we have a number of club places at the London Marathon.
Do I have to join the Club first?
You can run with the Club for up to a month before making a decision as to whether you want to join the Club or not. Please do contact us via [email protected] a few days beforehand so we are aware you intend to run with us.
Do I need any special kit?
For a first run we would suggest wearing clothing that you are comfortable in, especially footwear. In cold weather wear layers to keep you warm but that you can take off if you get hot on the run. In hot weather you should think about bringing some water. For running in the dark please wear bright colours and / or something designed to make you visible such as a fluorescent bib or lights.
What happens after the run?
After our runs, we go for dinner (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) or brunch (on Saturdays) together as a group. This isn’t compulsory but we highly encourage it as a way to get to know other Club members. Let the leader know whether you intend on joining us and they can ensure someone shows you the way there.
I have a health condition or disability – can I still come?
We endeavour to welcome all where we can. Running works well as a sport for people with certain conditions and disabilities, however we may not be able to manage others – if you get in touch and let us know of any concerns we can try and advise.
If you know you can run but are concerned about something happening during the run and want to make sure someone is aware of a potential condition, we can let the run leader know. The leaders are experienced and trusted Club members.
I have a question that isn’t answered here
Please get in touch with us at [email protected] and ask away!
We’d love to hear about your first experience with London Frontrunners. You can
let us know by filling out our new runner’s feedback form.
All feedback, both positive and negative, is valuable to us.