Each week dedicated runners take to the streets of the UK with the Runners Need Run Clubs to improve their running in a friendly and supportive environment. So whether you're training for a marathon or just getting started, these are the benefits of joining a Run Club.

The Benefits of Joining a Run Club

Our founder, Chris Bould discovered his passion for running when he joined the Highgate Harries in 1979 at age 26. Enamoured with the supportive and inclusive community we introduced Run Clubs to our Runners Need stores.

Taking place in the mornings, evenings, or lunchtimes, running with any of our clubs is completely free. All you need to do is come ready to run; but don’t worry, if you need any kit from hydration to running clothing or even new trainers, you can shop in-store before you lace-up. 


If you’ve moved to a new area and want to meet like-minded people or you just want to be social, Run Clubs are a one of the best ways to do it. With time to chat along the route you might even end up enjoying a post run drink with your fellow runners. 


If you’re struggling with your training or you’re looking for a pat on the back after a good one, running with a Run Club will give you all the support and encouragement you need. 


Running on your own can feel a little uneasy, especially if it’s in the dark or through poorly lit streets; running with a Run Club will give you that extra security. 


Not all Run Clubs have coaches on hand but if you’re looking for some training advice from experienced runners our staff members are happy to help.  


Not everyone who runs in a Run Club is looking for competition but if you thrive with a little rivalry then you could find your 


Running is a great way to get a little solitude but sometimes it helps having someone to chat to and cheer you on when you’re finding it difficult.


Mixing up your running routes helps keep things interesting and who better to help you discover new places to run than passionate runners who know the area. 

How to Join a Run Club

Most of our Run Clubs have a drop in policy making it easy and hassle free; find your local store to see what they have to offer.  

How Far WIll I Run?

Each Run Club has their own running schedule but generally, a club will run between 5k and 8k. Each run is suitable for all abilities, whether you’re a complete beginner or a veteran runner so don’t worry about being left behind or alone out front. In larger clubs, like Runners Need Camden, there’s one member of staff leading at the front and one leading at the back to ensure that nobody gets lost or left behind. The runs vary from Club to Club but can involve anything from run/walk routes, to interval training to hill sessions.

What Facilities do we Provide at our Run Clubs?

All our stores provide changing and secure storage facilities so there’s no need to worry about your belongings while out on the run. For more information on individual store facilities contact your local store

If you're Still Not Sure Just Take a Look at What Some of our Regular Club Runners Have to Say:

“I love Wednesday night runs!! You get to push yourself and meet like-minded people… and it is helped by the staff at Runners Need been so helpful and welcoming” Katie Marshall


“Great people, non-elitist and just basically great fun all round, which make Wednesday always one of the best nights of the week”  - Jennifer Carpenter


“Despite living on the other side of the city I still try and come to Camden Run Club when I can. Running with a group is a good way to meet new mates with similar interests, get advice on training and discover new routes. It has definitely helped me run faster and fall a little bit more in love with running too”  - Charlotte Thomas


“Brighton Run Club provides a supportive environment to build confidence, improve form and endurance, and, most importantly, enjoy running.”

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