Welcome to our running group
About our group
As you are aware, along with England Athletics, we are supporting the government guidelines on social distancing (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults ) to avoid the spread of Covid-19. With this in mind we have suspended all face to face club sessions until the government deems it safe to resume.
Lockdown Club Activities
However, this does not mean we are dormant! As a club with support from England Athletics we have a fantastic range of activities and support available for our existing members and also a range of challenges open to both members and our local community. This is our way of doing our bit to serve the needs of our local community and their families at a challenging time.
So What's on?
We have an exciting range of Club Lockdown Activites for you get involved in including:
- Running Club Bingo (family friendly excercise challenges to complete)
- Virtual Quiz Nights
- Virtual Relay Race
- Combined cumulative distance challenges to reach European Cities
- Local Landmarks Runs
- Photo Competitions
We will be announcing winners!
Join the below WhatsApp Group to enter:
WELCOME to Thamesmead Running Club!
We're an active, England Athletics Affiliated Running Club; volunteer led, social and community based with over 50 active runners from Thamesmead and surrounding areas (Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Bexleyheath, Woolwich, Plumstead, Blackheath etc.) established in September 2016.
Each week we run different sessions for a range of abilities from complete beginners nervous about starting running, to runners with decades of experience who compete in Ultra-marathons. We have regular programmes such as our FREE "Couch to 5km" and regularly compete in a variety of local and national races: 5km to Marathons and beyond, not to forget of course the annual Thamesmead 5km in September each year. Our training sessions are led by one of our 7 England Athletics Licenced Run Leaders, co-lead by a trainee Run Leader, a Run Leader Mentor or our Running Coach.
If you're looking to start running or for a local running club in Thamesmead (SE28) and surrounding areas (SE2, DA8, DA17,DA18, SE18), do get in touch or try us out for FREE. Running is so much more fun and rewarding when you have a running community to partner with you, get you started or keep you going, challenge you, motivate you, train you and work with you to improve your times & techniques.
Why not come try us out for Free?* We welcome runners of all backgrounds and levels. You're never to old (or young) to take up running and many runners now take the hobby up in their 60s. (Under 18s require written parental consent or presence at sessions). *All new runners with us are welcome to have a 1 month free trial before deciding whether to take up membership, this includes Beginners.
What do we offer?
We offer multiple club training sessions each week, 52 weeks of the year (every week). The mainstay of our activies are our currently Saturday and Sunday mornings. Our sessions are outdoors and continue throughout the winter come rain or shine. Sessions include a dymanic warm up, running drills for good form and technique, distance runs, hill training, sprints, interval training, agility and co-ordination, strength work, a cool down and static stretching post main session. Sessions are rarely cancelled and only ever safety concerns. England Athletics provide training for our instructors and insurance for our club activities. Our Actvities are linked with their RunTogether (read more here) innitiaitve.
We aim to promote runners' wellbeing through safe gradiated running activities; building community through regular socials and encouraging runners to meet up to train together outside of sessions; improving their fitness and:technique through coaching; building confidence through celebrating runners' achievements; fostering friendly competition through regular races. To be a healthy, injury free, runner requires all over muscle strength and fitness. This can be achieved in a variety of ways and we encourage our runners to explore additional fitness and cross training activities on offer. In Thamesmead, through Now's The Time (Website here) , runners can access indoor cycling, pilates, yoga, aerobics for as little as £1 a session. For those that like swimming or a fully furnished gym, there is also Thamesmere Liesure Centre (part of Better Gyms).
How do I become a member?
All new runners with us are welcome to have a 1 month free trial. After this you can decide whether to become a member for £30/Year or £45/year including your £15 England Athletics Race Licence (£45/year is around £3.75/month for up to 3 club sessions per week, 87p/week, or 43p per session if attending 2 sessions per week). Most runners will suit the £45/year option as, in addition to coached club sessions, it includes discounted entry to many road races, Retail discounts (current discounts include 20% off New Balance, 20-30% off Intercontinental Hotels, AfterShocz discounts, DW fitness gyms discounts etc), exclusive entry to some events and our club allocation of London Marathon Places.
To start this process, simply ask us for an membership application form and we will take down your details and begin the process. You simply need to complete a form and arrange to pay your subscription.
Full details of membership can be found in our "Membership Invitation Letter" under our News Tab (search April 2018). This includes what we spend the money on and why we are now charging. We will take subscriptions around 1st April each year and if you have 6 months or less until the next April fees will be charged at 50%.
How do I pay?
We do not charge for our sessions, there is only the annual membership fee. Once we have your details from your membership form, we will email you from our club England Athletics portal. This will contain a secure link for you to pay online. If you do not wish to do online payments we will have a chip and pin option available.
The following 4 sessions are held each week. Please go to our RUNS page for more details on each session. Members are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish each week.
- Saturday Mixed Abilities: Beginners and Returners Running and Walking Group (encoporating a couch to 5km programme, also family friendly and suitable for those taking time out due to injury or returning from time away from running)
- Sunday 5km+ Group: Running distances 5km-16km
- Saturday 10km+ Group: Distances up to 35km and technique coaching alternate weeks - all groups invited to join.
- Thursdays after work all abilities social distance run.
Where do we Run?
We use a variety of routes for our distance runs including beautiful trail Riverside Runs along the Thames Path towards Woolwich/Greenwich eg Thames Barrier Run, 02 River run, Greenwich Park Run. Or we go East towards Erith and Belvedere e.g Queen Elizabeth II Bridge Run or Erith River Run. We also run through Thamesmead via the Green Chain walk, ridgeway, onto Lesnes Park and the hilly Bostall Woods (great for trail and hill training). Other times we may go to Greenwich Park, or Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue SE28 8NJ for specific coached training sessions eg Hill Training. Coached sessions encorporate running drills, co-ordination, agility, speed, strength , stamina and running technique. These sessions include Hill Training, Interval Training, tempo runs, sprints, agility excercises, core strength excercises as well as other varied running related activities.
To provide ample free parking, lockers, toilets, space to register and avoid waiting outside in the elements, we meet together first at Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue SE28 8NJ . We do a warm up all together then seperate into our seperate groups for the main session. Occassionally for early start runs in the summer we meet at the Thames Path off St Andrew's Close SE28 8NY (opposite the Red Lighthouse) as the Sports Club may not be open. When travelling to external sites we arrange car sharing and drive in Convoy.
Looking for a goal or challenge for 2020?
We reguarly compete in races togther: anything from a local 5km to marathons and these are reguarly advertised in our WhatsApp and Facebook groups. We will also be posting details of local races we are entering on our Facebook and Instagram Page (@RunThamesmead) and some on our Competitions and events tab - watch this space. So far in 2019-20 we have competed in The London Big Half, Chattham Maritime 10km and The Virgin Money London Marathon. In 2018 we have had runners in The London Big Half (half-marathon), the Virgin Money London Marathon, Danson Park Spring 5km and 10km, The Bexley and Greenwich Community Hospice Colour Run, Greenwich Park 5km and 10km races, Olympic Park 5km and 10km races, Joydens Wood cross country 5 miler and 10 miler trail runs to name a few. We also have the annual Thamesmead 5km race. In 2017 we have runners entering for Greenwich Park 10km (Sunday 12th Feb 2017, Sunday 17th Dec 2017), and the Edinburgh Marathon (Sunday 28th May 2017), Victoria park Half marathon, Regent's Park 10km, Olympic Park 10km, Royal Parks half marathon etc.
Former Races and Events Hosted by Us:
Thamesmead 5km Race Saturday 14th September 2019
Open race, affiliated and unaffiliated Runners were very welcome!
We hosted this 2019 local race and would love you to join us for future races! Our 2019 5km was Only £3.50 for UKA affiliated runners, £5.50 for unaffiliated, results were sent through to RunBritain and Power of 10 as a fully licenced Road Race and we had aprize giving with trophies, shields and medals as pries. There was also a children's 2km race and the Mayor of Bexley did a private prize giving for the children.
Whether it's your first ever race and you'll be walk/running, or your an experienced club runner looking for a PB or new route, we look forward to having you join us for future races in 2020 and 2021.
To find out more email: email@example.com or call Charlene on 07944 282611
Charlene Lawson - Group Leader
Meet our Team
Annie Clark Run Leader
Charlene Lawson Coach in Running Fitness, Run Leader, Group Leader, Run Leader Mentor
Chiranjit Chakraborty Run Leader
Debbie Walsh Run Leader
George Wilson Run Leader
Louise James Run Leader
Paul Harrison Run Leader
Paul Harrison Run Leader
Stephanie Turner Group Leader
Teresa Groves Run Leader
Victoria Akintomide Run Leader