The SU Running and Athletics Club organises weekly training sessions for runners of all abilities and distances, as well as for field athletes (throwers, jumpers,etc). The team includes men and women, undergraduates and postgraduates, London natives and runners from countries all over the world.
Approximately every two weeks during term time, we participate in races organised by the London Colleges' League, with women running 4km (2.5 miles) and men running 8km (5 miles). Every year, our team includes both runners who routinely finish in the top 5 as well as people participating in races strictly for fun or fitness.
Our races are run in a variety of scenic parks throughout the greater London area, including Hackney Marshes, part of the 2012 Olympics site; Richmond Park, originally a deer-hunting park for royalty; Hampstead Heath, with its panoramic views of London; and many others. We also compete in a variety of other races, ranging from 5km to 10km. In past years, ambitious team members have run half marathons or even used our training sessions to prepare for the London Marathon. Some of our members also particpate in athletics competitions, competing in events ranging from shot put to high jump to the 100m.
Last but certainly not least, we try to get together about once a week for some sort of social event—a trip to the pub, a meal at one of London's affordable 'hidden gem' restaurants, etc. And yes, the boldest of our members have been known to attend the LSE Athletics Union's infamous Wednesday night festivities in the 3 Tuns.
We look forward to seeing you next season! Although some of us will be training in London over the summer, our first team run will be Wednesday, September 28, meeting at 13:30 on the steps of LSE’s Old Building.
In the meantime, have a great vacation and enjoy the summer running weather! If you have any questions about the club or would like to meet for a run over the summer, please do not hesitate to send us an email at AU.CLUB.RUNNING@lse.ac.uk.
Thanks for this season: KPMG for sponsoring the LSE Running Team; Ronhill Specials for supplying our kit; and PSM Sportswear for supplying team hoodies.
Special thanks to Mike Baggs for all of his fantastic work on running the London Colleges League over the years.