Another week, another local weekly running event as part of the build-up to the London Marathon, or simply for fun and fitness, jogs into our mail box.
Staged for the fourth time this week, Beddington Park now has a regular Monday night 5km run – a little more than three miles – each week, starting at 7pm from outside Carew Manor School. Organisers Harry Hutchon and Darren Lackey already have 30 runners turning out for this free run, on a measured and well-lit and flat route.
Hutchon and Lackey are personal trainers and started the run as a way of offering people of all ages and abilities a simple route into personal fitness.
“We make sure everyone has a good warm up before the run and then supply some refreshments at the end of it. We also ensure the course is accurately measured so that those who are serious about their running can continue to measure their progress,” Hutchon said.
For many runners, the Beddington Park NightRun can complement the regular Tuesday night training sessions organised by the likes of Croydon Harriers at Croydon Arena, Tooting-based Herne Hill Harriers and Striders of Croydon, and is an alternative to the Saturday morning Park Runs, also of 5km and staged at various venues across south London, including in Lloyd Park, on Roundshaw Downs and through Banstead Woods.
Most running clubs, including South London Harriers based out of the Old Comrades Club in Coulsdon, will have a full fixture list of cross-country races on Saturdays and stamina-building long, slow Sunday morning runs through the winter. Addington Runners, organised by a pair of Croydon Harriers, this coming Sunday are starting a series of easy runs in and around New Addington.
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