Youth Sport

Anon asks:

My teenage son is interested in training for a future mini marathon. Do you know of any clubs he could join?

The Phantom replies:

You know this one was a hell of a lot more difficult to find than I had originally thought. It seems that almost every noticeboard you pass is advertising some youth sport or other – but when you’re actually looking for things, they all seem to disappear.

The Serpentine Club is a London-wide running club for people training for the marathon. The club trains in Greenwich Park among others, and looks pretty serious, but I can’t tell if it allows young people.
http://www.serpentine.org.uk/

The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich do athletics, though opportunites for teenagers seem less impressive than for kiddies.

http://www.bcgb.org/

Apparently if he wants to enter the official mini marathon he’ll need to get in contact with his borough team manager. I’ve tried calling the council sports dept – 8921 8406 no luck – you might fare better. In the meanwhile I would suggest that you ask at the Arches about teen athletics clubs.

If your son feels he might be ready soon, he could actually try entering this mini marathon:

http://www.greenwich.gov.uk/Greenwich/LeisureCulture/SportLeisure/MiniLondonMarathon.htm

Or even try out for the London youth games
http://www.greenwich.gov.uk/Greenwich/LeisureCulture/SportLeisure/LondonYouthGames.htm

Or maybe someone sportier than me (not hard) knows of a local group?


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