The month in Sweat: May

Woo hoo, new month. Here’s a selection of fitness events and occurrings for May. Know of anything else amazing happening? Pop it in the comments box below would you? Thanks awfully.











Throughout May

FREE British Military Fitness sessions


From May through to July, BMF are holding FREE group training sessions in parks across the country (men in uniform, ahem). For a list of BMF START sessions, so named as they help you get summer started the right way, click here. We’ll be heading to Hyde Park on 11 and 18 May.


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4-5 May

Tough Mudder, London North


This insanely hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle race is sold out on Saturday but you can still register on the day on Sunday. And if you want another chance to be electrocuted as you crawl through muddy fields, fully submerge yourself in ice-filled plunge pools and run through fire, join us in the London South events on 8 and 9 June (it’s actually in Hampshire, not sure who named these things). What in God’s name were we thinking, have you seen the Boa Constrictor obstacle? Register here for MAHOOSIVE bragging rights.


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3-5 May, Westfield Stratford City

10-12 May, Westfield London

Spring into Summer (FREE health, fitness and beauty festival)

Yeah, it’s got a cheesey name and a dodgy logo but this actually sounds alright. Pop down for makeovers, healthy eating tips and free fitness classes including Swedercise, boxing, Barreworks and Cheerobics at the adidas #mygirls studio (#mygirls?!?). Classes need to be prebooked, and many are full, but you can sign up for waiting lists – if the weather stays sunny we reckon there’ll be quite a few no-shows.


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3-5 May

Spin London, The Urban Cycle Show

The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London

Think Urban Cycle Show; think fixies, single-speed, BMX, fit bearded East London types, emerging international and independent brands… think bloody cool. See bikes being built, race against the clock, watch cycle films at the pedal-powered cinema, check out some of the most pleasing cycling clothing around. Just cycle geek-out innit.

Saturday and Sunday advance tickets are £7 or £10 on t’door


Colour Run

10 May

The Color Run registration opens

London and Manchester

Yes! This run is massive in the US and Oz and it’s finally coming to the UK. Taking place in London on 14 July and Manchester on 21 July, The Color Run is also known as The Happiest 5k on the Planet. Basically, you run around with your mates and get doused in different coloured powder paints. AMAZING! Bound to sell out instantly so register your interest when it opens on 10 May. More details on the Facebook page. Misspelling of ‘Color’ The Color Run’s own.



11 May

Beyoncé’s Greatest Hits Workshop

Frame Shoreditch, London

Mrs Carter’s in town. We didn’t get tickets so instead we’re learning to shake our bootylicious asses like her at this two-hour dance workshop, £20. Fierce.

Daviba Bike Ride

11 May

Action Diva Sussex – Female-only bike ride


Fronted by Davina McCall, choose from a 21, 40 or 65-mile route through the Sussex countryside. It’s just £28 to enter with a £50 fundraising target. Money raised goes to Action who help fund research into child disease and disability. Can’t argue with that.


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12 May or 9 June

Reggae n’ Dub Chakra-Asana Hot Yoga Workshops

Yotopia, Covent Garden

If we’re honest, we’re not really sure what to expect from this one but it sounds so random we really want to go. Two hours of hot dynamic flow yoga to the sounds of drum and base. Workshops are taught by Stewart Gilchrist, a renowned character on the London yoga scene. Not suitable for complete beginners, workshops are £25 each or £45 for both.


Boutique Sport

14 May

Boutique Sport meets Nike Training Club

FREE training session, Kensington, London

A one-off workout session with Boutique Sport and Nike Training Club, aimed at those running the We Own the Night 10k on 18 May but open to all. Meet at Whole Foods Market in Kensington where you’ll head to Kensington Gardens to be put through your drills by Nike Master Trainers. Free Whole Foods goodie bag and free coconut water on your return. Places are limited, email stating your name and mobile number to register. Those running We Own The Night have priority so send your running number if you’re one of them.


Spikes and Heels

15 May

Spikes and Heels class

Gymbox Farringdon, London

The original badass fitness blogger has launched a fitness class at Gymbox Farringdon. It filled up within two hours of being announced on 1 May but keep checking for details of the next one here.


Nike We Own the Night

18 May

We Own the Night, Nike Women’s Only 10k

Victoria Park, London

Cannot wait for this 10k! We’ve got loads of fitness mates running with us and Nike always give good event. Having been to their Flyknit 5k, which involved glowsticks, beatboxers and underground dry-ice-filled tunnels, we know when they promise ‘light, sound and the unexpected’ it’s going to be good. You also get an online training programme, a t-shirt and can attend free training sessions in London on Mondays (run from Nike Town) and Wednesdays (Nike Training Club in Hyde Park). Sign up here please.


Heroes Run Brighton

19 May


Don your finest cape and star-spangled knickers and run through Brighton with hundreds of other people dressed as superheroes, all in aid of charity Pass It On Africa. 5k and 10k options available entry is just £15 for 5k, £17 for 10k. Enter here.



25-26 May

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Entries for the 10k, half and full marathon are now closed but if you’re in town pop along and give the runners a cheer. If your not in town go, Edinburgh is ace!


BUPA Manchester Run

26 May

Bupa Great Manchester Run – PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

There are still a few spots available in this massive 10km race through the streets of Manchester. Entries close when they reach 40,000 so get in quick. If you fancy giving something back, run for The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, raising money to support disadvantaged young people in and around Manchester.


Got  a May event you want to share? Post it in the comments box below. For June events email and put ‘Your Month in Sweat’ as the subject line.


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