Continuing the Olympic legacy

NewsAs we find ourselves in between the Olympic and Paralympic games, many been inspired to start participating in sport and keeping fit – there have been noticeably more people exercising in the park (now becoming more famous for training Olympians) and an increase in bike sales after the bike races featured in the area.

To help you get kitted out, Sweatshop are running an Olympics-inspired competition with entry forms in store where you can free shoes for life! As always, the knowledgeable staff can help you pick the right gear for your specific needs and run gait analysis to make sure you find the right shoes. Sweatshop also hold weekly beginner & intermediate group walk/runs on Mondays and Sundays, these sessions are a great introduction to the world of running.


Gait analysis at Sweatshop

There may be some free spaces left for Teddington Running School’s open day on 8th September where instructors can “first teach you how to run, then teach you how to run faster!”. Using video analysis, experts can tweak your posture and running style to make sure you get the most out of your workouts and improve your speed if you are or want to be a professional runner.

Lots of sports clubs are looking for new members so it’s a great time to enjoy getting fit whilst strengthening a local team.

As the summer sport seasons draw to an end, pitches are slowly being taken over by pre-season training for local rugby clubs. Harlequin Amateurs are starting their pre-season training and new players are welcome to join in and experience the top-notch coaching.

Teddington Ladies (known as the Antlers, the Stags being the mens squad) are a fun, social, rugby team that has been established for over 20 years, during which time they have produced a number of county and seven international players. They are always on the lookout for new and experienced players (as are the men’s squad), if you are interested in joining the squad email kathy@surfandturfsafaris.com, training is Wednesday nights at 7:30pm and matches are mostly on Sundays.

Teddington Hockey Club are having team training and trials, contact stickwisecamps@gmail.com if you are interested in joining in. For the youngsters there are some places left at the NPL Youth Saturday Soccer School starting in September. In addition to the main Bushy parkrun, on the first Sunday of each month at 11am, 200+ Bushy Park juniors run a 2k course (just inside Teddington Gate).

If you need to be more guided in your fitness then there are some excellent personal training and suppliment companies in our back yard, for instance iSupp are offering discounts for Teddington residents and if you spend over £100 on any order before 31st August you will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 of suppliments. Personal trainers & nutritional consultants body4uuk are offering £10 off a session for 3 sessions for all new clients.

You can also claim free training and nutritional advice from PlanB Fitness Camps via freetasterweek from the 27th August and there is a new fitness camp in Teddington on 11th September. PlanB also offer tailored nutritional information to follow as well as detailed exercise plans and music to accompany them – available to do own your own or with help!

Naked Trainer (no, not really naked) have regular morning and evening group and personal sessions in local parks and spaces.

If you fancy keeping fit on the water rather than on land Walbrook Rowing Club are offering new starters sessions on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30am after a renewed increase in the sport after Olympic rowing glory


Paddling Challenge at Royal Canoe Club

A 350-strong crowd turned to watch the Royal Canoe Club’s annual Paddling Challenge race and mark the end of the Olympic Games and celebrate some great performances including British canoeing medals. Many Olympians past and present turned up, including Jon Schofield, Rachel Cawthorn, New Zealand’s Ian Ferguson and Tim Brabants.

The Paddling Challenge is the world’s oldest canoe race, having first run in 1874 and was won this year unsprisingly by Tim! The club is seeing renewed interest in the sport after Team GB’s Olympic medal haul on the water – see website for information on how to try out and perhaps join the club.

Finally don’t forget you can carry on the Olympic spirit by entering the High Street Olympic flag competition until the end of the Paralympics.

[Update] Teddington RFC are setting up a Junior Girls section – if you are under 15 and want to play club rugby, contact veritychambers@yahoo.co.uk. There are dedicated RFUW coaches and support from RFU community coaches, training is 12am on Sundays from 16th September.

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