March, it’s so mad we’re a bit late in getting the listings up. But there are loads of pre-marathon training races, free yoga and barre classes and London’s first all-female pro wrestling event to keep you occupied.
Paola’s BodyBarre (PBB), Total Body classes
PBB: Monday 12.45; Thursday, 12.30. Total Body, Wednesday, 12.30
Lorna Jane, Covent Garden
There’s a new fitness clothing store on the block and it’s got free classes, hurrah! Australian activewear brand Lorna Jane has recently opened its first UK store in Covent Garden and, as well as swanky gym, dance and fitness clothing, they’ve got a pretty spacious ‘active lounge’ – basically, a basement studio where they’re hosting free classes including yoga, ballet and Pilates.
The timetable is only just kicking off and loads more classes will be added but starting this week you’ll find 50-minute Paola’s BodyBarre classes every Monday and Tuesday and one-hour Total Body classes with instructor Adrienne Herbert every Wednesday. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more classes.
Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon on International Women’s Day
It’s International Women’s Day this Tuesday. Yay, women, achievements etc! To celebrate, the Shock Absorber WomenOnly Triathlon are offering a very generous 20% discount on entry to the friendly tri, held at Eton Dorney on 10 July. If it’s your first foray into triathlon, this is an ideal event as it has a short Taster Triathlon alongside loads of other options from super sprint to Olympic distance, duathlons and even a run only. Enter the code IWD20 when you register on Tuesday 8 March to claim your discount.
Yotopia month at Lululemon
Every Sunday, 11 am
It’s Yotopia month at Lululemon CG, with some of the studio’s best teachers including Adam Husler of Boys of Yoga fame, Liz Jacobs and Laurella Fox Pitt taking to the mat and offering complimentary sessions. These are always popular so turn up early as it’s first come first mat. There are also free yoga classes at Lululemon’s Marylebone, Richmond, King’s Road and Westfield stores as well as Marylebone Run Clubs. Visit the Facebook page for details of all Lululemon events,
Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Workshop
12 March, 14.45-16.45, £25
Ease out those tight hamstrings and aching quads in this workshop designed to stretch runners and cyclists safely. Instructor Daniela (we’ve been to her classes, she’s v. v. good) will also teach you breathing techniques, which can help increase stamina – we need some of that!
Mountain Athletics every Tuesday 18.15
Trail Technique Session, 13 March, 8.30
Trail Run Exploration, 20 March, 8.30
The North Face store, Regent’s Street
This month there are loads of great free activities from The North Face’s community group, Never Stop London. The regular Tuesday Mountain Athletics sessions are taking place each week, offering an hour’s workout that’ll get you ready to scale mountains and run trails in the great outdoors. There are also a couple of great trail running sessions planned for March – although they’re waitlist only, sign up to the Facebook group to be the first to hear when new events are announced.
On 13 March you’ll be whisked off to Wild Forest Gym to learn the techniques you’ll need to tackle trail running – all travel is included plus a barbecue, seriously, Never Stop London offers some amazing sessions for zero pence! On 20 marh you can test put your new-found skills with a free trip to Ashdown Forest in Essex for a guided 10k run.
Surrey Spitfire 20, Tempest 10
13 March, on the day entries, £30 for the Spitfire, £25 for Tempest
Dunsfold Park, Surrey
Looking to get a good long training run in and practice your race day strategy before a spring marathon? The Surrey Spitfire 20-mile race is a winner. Beginning and ending at Dunsfold aerodrome – the Top Gear Race Track from the days before Jezza Clarkson went bonkers – the race is small, friendly and has a smashing medal. We love it.
Tribe and Pure Sports Medicine Marathon Training Evening Q&A
14 March, 18.30, £5
Pure Sports Medicine, Threadneedle Street, EC2
Get all your marathon training and injury prevention questions answered with this panel of running experts chaired by natural sports nutrition company Tribe. Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Hannah Booth will be talking about common injuries. Rob Martineau will discuss nutrition and Dean Sutton will be talking about strength, conditioning and training plans.
EVE Wrestling: Let’s Make History
20 March, 15.00, £15
Crea8 Events Centre, Shoreditch
Until 1987, women’s wrestling was banned in London. To celebrate all the women who battled to get the ban lifted, the first ever all-female pro wrestling show in the capital will take place during Women’s History Month. Go along and boo the baddies, cheer for the goodies and watch awseome displays of acrobatics and fighting.
Cranleigh 15/21 mile race
20 March, £12-£14
If the Surrey Spitfire 20 is too close for a long run before Spring marathons, the week after you’ve got 15 and 21-mile races in Cranleigh, Surrey. Another beaut of a local race (the kind where you can tuck into homemade cakes in a village hall when you finish) entries close on 12 March and cost the princely sum of £12-£14 payable by bank transfer or cheque. Our top tip, run near the centre of the road where you can, the camber can be a bit of a killer.
Jack The Ripper Run
31 March, from 18.00, £15
Near Liverpool Street
We’ve not been along to a Secret London Runs event before but this sounds rather splendid. It’s 1888 and five women have been murdered by the Ripper. Working together in teams of up to four, runners race against the clock to solve the crimes, interviewing suspects, visiting the scenes of gruesome acts and trying to catch the dastardly Jack. Enter as a group or buy a social ticket and be put into a team with other runners.
Roll up, roll up, get your April events in for the next Month in Sweat, email firstname.lastname@example.org