The Month in Sweat: October

Halloween rave and spooky races, hula hooping with Marawa the Amazing, scenic cycles, runs and Dog Yoga (yes really). Almost makes up for the darker nights eh? Know of any more great fitness shizzle happening this month? Don’t keep it to yourself, share it in the comments section below.

AnaNichoola VeloJam II: Women’s Open Track Racing Day
5 October
Herne Hill Velodrome

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This women’s only track cycling event is the second in the series. For everyone from seasoned pros to pure novices, this event has three categories – A, B and Go Race (for those without a licence) and there’s a winner’s cash pot that will more than cover your victory bar tab! There will also be tuuuunes and a barbeque to keep spectators entertained.
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Royal Parks Half Marathon and Ultra
6 October

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Good luck to everyone taking on the half and ultra (50km) this weekend! Wishing you all massive PBs. We’re probably going to be down there cheering, enjoying the food market and eating Percy Pigs. We’ll save you a seat in the pub.


Hula Hoops Shoreditch
5, 12, 19 October, £12
Shoreditch Town Hall

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We haven’t had chance to try this class out yet but we’re defs going to try and get along this month. It looks fan-flipping-tastic. Marawa the Amazing (not sure if that’s her real name) can spin 133 hoops at one time. 133! Ok, she is amazing, Luckily, you start with just one. A great core workout you’ll soon be hooping like a circus pro. We want to get good enough to warrant getting a cool-ass hooping outfit just like Marawa. Booking via Fitness Freak


Glow Yoga Bliss for Better Sleep Workshop
12 October, £25
Good Vibes, Covent Garden

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Oooooh, this sounds rather lovely. During three hours of restorative yoga by candlelight you’ll learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help you unwind, release stress and nod off more easily. Take that insomnia!


Cycletta New Forest
13 October, from £28
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire


We did the Brighton Cycletta last week and it was bloomin’ great. A beautiful cycle through the stunning (but hilly) Sussex countryside, so nice to get out of the city too. This is the last in the women-only bike ride series and we really want to do it but we’ve already got other races planned. Boo. We’ve been reliably informed, by Victoria Pendleton no less, that it’s an even prettier course than the Brighton one. 20, 42 and 82km options.


Whole Foods Market WomenOnly Run
19 October, £15-£25 (entry deadline, Monday 14 October)
Richmond Park, Surrey

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Tell you what, we’ve been quite getting into women-only events recently. Supportive, friendly and much less stinky portaloos. Choose from 5, 10 and 15k distances and, if you’re a mum or fancy borrowing a baby for the day, there are Run with your Buggy options too. Great for first timers, PB chasers and deer spotters, Richmond Park is beeeeaaauuutttiful in the autumn. And you can hire a Garmin for the day if you fancy. Good idea that.


Pink Aerobics
20 October, 1-4pm, £20
Hyde Park

Pink Aerobics

Join hundreds of others for three sweat-filled hours of Zumba, dance and aerobics as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Now in its tenth year, Pink Aerobics is open to men, women, kids and all fitness levels so get a gang of you along, hey even take the dog (we’re not sure if you can actually so probably don’t). The entry fee covers three hours of live aerobics, a t-shirt and goody bag but any sponsorship you can raise in addition would obviously be aces. And if you’re a fitness instructor, you can host your own Pink Aerobics event for just £25, find out more on the website.


Halloween Moonride
25 October, £39 plus fundraise £250 for a charity of your choice, or £99
Southwark, London

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Beginning in a maze of haunted subterranean tunnels, you’ll surface to cycle through London’s sinister moonlit streets. Ghostly mechanics and vampire marshalls will assist you on your 80 or 100km route past some of London’s most notorious scenes of horror and bloodshed, and there’ll be spooky pitstops on route. At Dracula’s Crypt you’ll be served dishes such as cauldron curry, chilli con carnage and blood soup before returning to your bike and pedalling through till dawn. Fancy dress is very much encouraged.


Thriller Workshop
26 October, £20
Frame Shoreditch

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In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn the entire dance routine to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Get a few mates to go along too and then you can perform a Thriller flash mob at your Halloween party. Hells yeah! Everyone will think you’re so cool. Promise. Suitable for complete beginners and dance pros alike.


OM Yoga Show
25-27 October, £10 for a day pass (including FREE entry to the Mind Body Soul Experience)
Kensington Olympia

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Boxing Yoga, Doga (that’ll be dog yoga!), Laughter Yoga, Face Yoga, Yoga of Love (oo err)… the Om Yoga Show is basically everything yoga under one roof. Loads of cool kit, workshops and an attempt to beat the World Record for the most people performing a headstand at one time – if you can hold a headstand for 15 seconds, you can register to be one of them.


Halloween Frame Rave
30 October, £10
Frame Shoreditch

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Zombie, ghost, Miley Cyrus… put on your freakiest fancy dress outfit and get on down to the Halloween special class. 45-minutes of raving with glowsticks, guaranteed to get you sweating like a witch. (I’m quite proud of that pun.)

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