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    LDN Brunch Club Runs London with Stadion

    We caught up with Stephen Adjaidoo, the captain of LDN Brunch Club, to hear all about his run crew, the urban running movement, and his thoughts on our new training headphone Stadion.

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    Q: Describe LDN Brunch Club in three words.

    Sociable running community

    Q: Why do people run with the LDN Brunch Club? 

    The crew is made up of quite a mix of people from around the world and varying backgrounds. I think in general, people join to be part of a community, in a city where it can be difficult to find people with similar interests. In our day to day lives we're often the odd ones out, the ones who arrive in the office sweaty after a run commute or the ones who spend their leave from work running races rather than relaxing on a beach somewhere (although we do that too!).

    From starting the crew with just a handful of people, there have been quite a few changes over the years but at the moment we seem to have a good balance of structured training and social running, whilst maintaining support for a range of abilities. We have those chasing down the hallowed sub-3 hour marathon to those just aiming to finish. We often travel as a group for races and we've seen lots of people in the crew form lifelong friendships.

    Q: What is your most significant memory of the crew so far?

    Charlie Brown (@charliezbrown), part of the LDN Brunch Club team, recently completed her first Ironman. Watching the race unfold was quite a surreal experience. The distances covered in each of the disciplines are astonishing enough but add in the amount of dedication the training takes over 6-7 months and it really is an amazing achievement.

    Last year we had over 30 of us traveling over to Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Half Marathon. It was great to see so many of the crew travel together for the first time and this year we're expecting slightly more to join us out in Copenhagen for the half marathon.

    Q: What makes London a great spot for running? 

    London offers a great variety of places to run. There are a few fairly big parks, the Olympic Park, long stretches of the river and canal. There are also great trails around the Parkland walk, Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park to mix up the terrain.

    Q: What have been some of the challenges of managing LDN Brunch Club?

    With 50+ people in the crew, it can be hard to keep everyone happy and manage expectations. I don't think the club is sustainable in its current form. The management is time consuming, there's an increasing amount of demand but a limited amount of support out there for communities like ours. We don't have any sponsors or external support, the club is run by volunteers who cover everything from community management to social media and event management. We all also work full time and train and race our own endurance races so it can be difficult to juggle everything at times.

    Q: What do you like the most about Stadion?

    Our crew runs are once a week so outside of those when we're training most of us run solo 3-4 times a week. Personally I do most of those runs as a run commute with music. I've found Stadion to be well weighted and super simple to use with my phone and/or Apple Watch. Battery life is great and I think there is just the right amount of outside noise allowed in.

    Q: What's next for LDN Brunch Club?

    Next up we have a team taking on the first Ragnar Relay in the UK which should be great fun. We've also got some of the crew taking on Athens, Berlin and Chicago Marathons and various half marathons over the next couple of months.

    We've recently launched the LDN Ekiden race series, taking inspiration from the traditional Japanese Ekiden race format. We've had two races so far and are looking at planning the next one soon.


    All photos by Gavin Batty - Follow on Instagram

    Runners (in order of appearance): Stephen AdjaidooCharlie Brown

    To learn more about the LDN Brunch Club, visit www.ldnbrunchclub.co.uk or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

     About Stadion

    This light and flexible headset comes in a package you’ve never quite seen before—with a team of stretchy coils that wrap behind your neck for an on-target fit, and EarClick technology that secures the earbuds in place. Too fast for cords, Stadion is Bluetooth-ready for seamless listening and hands-free calls, with all the buttons you need around back. Reflective details give extra visibility at night. And the micro USB port lets you recharge between sessions like a pro.

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