Following the big race itself on Sunday, the London Marathon, we’ve been inspired to start running ourselves! I mean, we won’t be completing a major marathon any time soon, but it has definitely got us thinking about running more often. The city we live in is often busy, but there are plenty of green routes and flat land to train on. So, if you are thinking about getting fit for an upcoming marathon or big race, read on for our top places to train – including places to cross-train for better endurance!
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ST
The ex-Olympic Park is the perfect place to get yourself motivated and includes acres of parkland and open space for you to run wild. This is the perfect place for varied length runs and scenic routes through the endless greenery and wetlands, as well as along the paths around the Olympic Stadium and the riverside route. The park also offers cross-training opportunities such as cycling and an outdoor gym – perfect for a sunny, spring day dedicated to shaping your fitness. Get yourself down here!
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Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3 5TB
Monday- Sunday, 7am-Dusk
A full loop around the outskirts of Victoria Park is nearing 3 miles, where you can enjoy a traffic-free run away from the roads of East London. The park is a popular place for runners of all levels, you’ll often spot Sunday morning joggers as well as daily regulars making their way around the park now that the weather’s brightened up. The park is big and also challenging, with 86 hectares of varied terrain as well as a few lakes to make it a more scenic run.
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London Aquatics Centre
Olympic Park, Stratford, E20 2ZQ
Monday- Sunday, 6am-10.30pm
Swimming! The perfect low-impact sport which helps tone and strengthen more muscles than any other sport, allowing you to give your knees a welcome break from running while keeping your cardio fitness up. The London Aquatics Centre offers athlete-standard facilities, hosting an Olympic-sized pool with eight lanes and plenty of room to do your thing, whether it’s butterfly stroke or pool running. Don’t just be looking out for those outdoor running spots, think bigger for partaking in a marathon and become a member here.
Hertford Union Canal
Tower Hamlets, East London
This stretch of canal can be found in the heart of East London and is a short distance of 1.5km in itself; connecting Regent’s Canal to the Lee Navigation. It’s a pleasant route to add onto your running track if you’re looking to gradually clock up the KM on your journey to long-distance running. For an increasingly longer run you can carry on as far as you can along Regent’s Canal, which boasts an extra 9.3 miles from one side of the city to the other. The best thing about this route is the canal-side scenery, you just can’t beat it.
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110 Cannon Street, EC4
For another alternative to running when you’ve been hitting those outdoor terrains hard, why not try cycling? A much less intrusive sport which will help you on your way to getting fitter with less stress on your body. The Athlete Lab is a unique in-door experience which helps riders learn to utilize power and train hard to get quick results. They will guide you through your cycling venture, and you’ll certainly feel the burn! You can look at the training services on offer here. Remember, there are many ways to train for a marathon and make sure you have the endurance you need.
Where are your favourite places to train and run in London? Let us know and comment below!