Sporting Focus: BL Running Club

Sporting Focus: Barts and The London Running Club

This week we are shining the light onto our amazing Barts and the London Running Club! Get the low down on everything you need to know about this club below.

What days and times do you train? Where do you train?

Our Thursday Interval sessions start at 19.30 at Mile End Stadium and our Sunday morning runs start at 09.00 outside The Griff Inn.

What makes your training sessions enjoyable?

Our intervals sessions at Mile End Track are great for runners of all abilities who want to improve their aerobic fitness.

In fact, interval training has been shown to improve fitness much more effectively than continuous running. Our sessions vary each week - sometimes we will do intervals of shorter, faster distances and sometimes we will run longer, slower distances.

To keep things interesting we often mix up the sessions by, for example, doing paarlauf (relay), or 'fartlek' ("speed play") style running.

Although intervals can be hard work they are also a fun way to get faster at running because it is much easier to motivate yourself with a group of people around you. We like to joke around and have a laugh with each other too! Our Sunday runs are more relaxed with a focus on the social side of running.

The route varies each week, but our runs take us to great places all over London from Westminster to Greenwich to Victoria Park. Of course, these runs are always followed by coffee or brunch.

What was your club’s biggest success of the past year?

The United Hospitals cross-country running race, in which the London medical schools compete to win Bannister Cup, is held each year in Wimbledon Common. This year we were delighted to win the Cup for the fourth year in a row!

We were also awarded thirty community places for The Big Half, a new mass participation half marathon which we will be running at the end of this week on Sunday 4th March. So if you see us in our black and white vests flying through the streets of East London please give us a cheer!

So why should you get involved?

Running really IS funning! Please don't be put off by memories of PE teachers forcing you to run around a boring field, because running at university is totally different to this.

Running with us is a great way to enjoy being outside, to meet new people, and to de-stress from hours spent indoors studying.

We are a friendly bunch who also enjoy socialising outside of running, As expected, the one thing we enjoy almost as much as running is eating! So it is no surprise that our club has a lively social calendar with plenty of cheese and wine evenings and pizza outings. In summary: we welcome newcomers with smiles on our faces, we run to cool places, and enter fun races.

And a final fun fact about this club?

The Bannister Cup, which is kept in The Royal London Hospital Museum, was purchased by Sir Roger Bannister himself, who was a medical student when he was the first person in history to break the 4-minute mile.

Don't forget if you are a Barts and the London student, you can come along to any of Running’s training sessions, just turn up. Get in touch with the club committee via one of their social media pages below for more information.

Facebook: Barts and the London Running Club

Instagram: BLRunning