The fantasy: you’ve just completed the Ealing Half Marathon in record time. You’re lean, happy and buzzing with life.
The reality: you’re sat on your ever-growing behind, polishing off the last of the Cool Mint Matchmakers feeling depressed about your yuletide excess.
So what are you going to do to lose weight and get fit in the New Year? You could buy one of those electronic stomach toners off The Shopping Channel; you know, the ones that don’t actually work. Or you could join one of Ealing’s running clubs and, like the Kids from Fame, start paying… in sweat!
Your gym membership may cost you £75 per month. Being a member of a running club costs considerably less than that for the whole year. Which means you have all that spare money to spend on new running shoes, fancy running jackets, hats, gloves, Garmin GPS watches etc…
If there is only one reason to join a running club it is this. Run two or three times a week and eat sensibly and not only will you lose weight, but you’ll become, like, totally buff! Coming from someone who loves beer and eating fried egg sandwiches at midnight but is nearly a stone lighter than 18 months ago makes this statement fact.
Running clubs feature coaches who are keen to spread their knowledge to all. Coach John Falvey of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC (ESM) is happiest when standing on track working out rep times and offering friendly advice to members to improve their running and fitness. The coaches at Ealing Eagles offer a training program for those new to the sport so you can get into it with people of a similar standard. They actually want to help you become fitter.
When running on your own or going down the gym you’re more likely to make less effort or not even leave the comfort of your lounge. Being part of a club is to acknowledge that training takes place on certain days of the week maintaining your schedule. Also, when you run with others of a similar ability you can pit yourself against them. Not coming last every time is a great motivator in getting faster.
The best (non-chemically produced) highs I’ve had have been through running.They might come from finishing a race in a new personal best or just getting out there for a gentle run in the evening. Running releases endorphins and actually doing something active on a regular basis is clinically proven to reduce depression and increase feelings of self worth. It’s cheaper than therapy and/or botox.
Ealing, Southall & Middlesex Athletic Club is Ealing’s oldest running club. They are a friendly bunch of keen road and cross country runners of all abilities and ages. They meet every Wednesday at Perivale Athletics track at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come down and join in. They are also involved with the Northala 5K Park Run which occurs every Saturday at 9am in Northala Fields and is free!
Ealing Eagles are very social and meet every Monday and Wednesday on Ealing Green at 7.30pm and welcome those wanting to try before joining. They also offer a program for new beginners getting you from the couch to 5K without the use of violence. (Editor's note: Kieran of Ealing Eagles tells us that the club also meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and are involved in Gunnersbury parkrun on Saturdays and there are longs runs on a Sunday. Plus there are club socials in the pub on the first Wednesday of every month after the club run.)
If you fancy an informal run on a Saturday morning Paperback Coffee on South Ealing Road has a running crew that meets at 9.30am. The coffee helps.
Starting up again in February 2015, Bodyline Fitness has a free to join running group held on Mondays at 6.30pm. The group meets at Bodyline gym on Springbridge Road and runs to Ealing Common when Ben will take you through the 45 min session and then get you back safely to the studio.
If you would like to enquire further about the Bodyline Running Club or have any questions in general then feel free to get in touch.
Tel: 07921 777477
Who is Darren?
Darren LeRoy Halford lives and works conveniently close to Walpole and Lammas parks and is often seen pounding their perimeters in a futile bid to go faster.
He also owns The Grindhouse cafe at Ealing Studios and runs the Facebook group Ealing Events – What’s On in Ealing which is dedicated to listing all the fun stuff in Ealing.
Connect with Darren via:
Ealing Events – What’s On Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EalingEventsWhatsOnInEaling/