Join a club! Search nearly 2,000 activity clubs to find one to suit your interests. From running, cycling, triathlon, climbing, mountaineering and walking clubs.
One of the many benefits of running is that you can go out entirely on your own initiative for free, but there are good reasons for running with others including; company and social, security, being part of a community, discounted entry in races/shops, introduction to new routes, tips for improving your training/racing, plus many running clubs are allocated places in sell-out events such as the London Marathon.
Whether a beginner or more experienced, one of the easiest ways to improve your cycling is to join a club. There are 100s of cycling clubs spanning the UK. Some clubs are mainly for leisure riders, some specialise in specific disciplines (road, track, MTB, BMX, speedway), some cater for younger riders, right through to competitive racing teams so you'll be able to find one suitable for you.
Triathlon clubs are becoming increasingly popular and give local focus for seasoned competitors and beginners alike. Many clubs have sub-groups which allow complete beginners the chance to get started without feeling they're holding others back. Joining a club also gives members access to publications, coaching courses, affiliations to NGBs, insurance and discounted race entry.
You don't have to go far to find your nearest climbing, mountaineering or outdoor club, most of which have an active schedule of events which may include pub meets, climbing wall sessions, weekend trips away, overseas trips and coaching sessions. You can do as much or as little as you want and beginners are welcomed and advised on basic kit they'll need in order to get involved.
Walking gives us a sense of independence and freedom; to go out where we want and when we want. But there are many benefits of joining a group that has a regular programme of led walks, especially when venturing into more challenging terrain. Walking with others and/or with an experienced leader can enrich your experience.
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