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Bored With Your Routine? Join The “Night Runners”

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 30, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
London's "Run Dem Crew" is giving young runners something to do at night. Photo: This Is London

One London club is giving restless youth something good to do in the evening.

London's "Run Dem Crew" is giving young runners something to do at night. Photo: This Is London

Sick of running that same loop around your house? Feeling lonely on that Sunday 20-miler? If you happen to live in London, there may be a club for you.

They call themselves “Run Dem Crew”.

According to founder Charlie Dark, a famous spoken word poet in London, Run Dem Crew is “a running club for people who don’t consider themselves runners.”

They run at night.

Dark, no pun intended, began running with friends in the evening as a way to warm up for his gig. He quickly learned the good that running can do for one’s self-esteem and decided to combine the sport with his youth mentoring volunteer work, partnering with Nike.

“When you run a distance you’ve only ever covered on a bus, and you have the safety in numbers to move through different postcodes, that gives you a huge sense of achievement,” he said.

When Run Dem Crew gets together, they split up into Tortoises for the beginners, Cheetahs for the experienced runners, and Hares and Greyhounds for those in between.

For More: This Is London

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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