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10 Must-Try London Fitness Challenges For June

By Zoe Craig Last edited 13 months ago
10 Must-Try London Fitness Challenges For June

As London rolls into summer, why not tackle one of these fabulous and fun fitness challenges. So much better than being stuck in a gym on a sunny day.

House of Voga at King's Cross Pond

Work up a sweat striking poses to an 80s soundtrack with House of Voga before enjoying a refreshing dip in King's Cross Pond on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. After your swim, indulge in a healthy power brunch at the nearby German Gymnasium. It's the place to show off your Lycra this summer.
Classes run on Saturdays from 4 June-17 September at King's Cross Pond. £30

Secret London Runs: Power Women Week

All we know about these Secret London Run: Power Women events is that they're 8k long, include an expert guide, and you'll learn about the women who've shaped London's history along the way. And it starts, rather fittingly, at the statue of Boudicca, just near Westminster station. To get more details, you'll need to book.
Daily runs from 5-9 June, £11 standard, £16 premium

Sunset Aquathlon Series

This is the first of four Sunset Aquathlons taking place in Hyde Park this summer. Participants complete a 500m swim in the Serpentine before tackling a two-lap, 5k run in Hyde Park. You can enter as an individual or as a relay team (one does the swim and the other person does the run). There'll be medals and goodie bags for all participants.
8 June (then 6 July, 3 and 31 Aug), Serpentine Lido Cafe, £25 (£22 for BTF members)

Enormous Elephant Run

This month's fun fancy-dress run is all about saving African elephants. Take part in the 5k, 10k or 15k Enormous Elephant Run on Clapham Common, and all your entry fee and sponsorship money will go towards protecting Africa's elephants. And you get to take your sweaty elephant suit home at the end of the day!
11 June, Clapham Common. Adults £35; children £25. Returning runner discount available.

Dead Drop: The Royal Hunt!

Someone has pinched Brenda's handbag, and her 90th birthday party can't go ahead until it's found! All we know is, the culprit is a member of the royal household, has a German accent and an insatiable appetite for mischief. Can you work out the clues left by the royal corgis over a 5-8k or 10k distance, and find the Queen's handbag in time to save the party? This month's DeadDrop challenge includes the usual London landmarks, a fun approach to fitness and welcome post-race drinks, with an added royal twist.
12 June, secret location, £26

The Color Run

This month's Color Run [sic] in Wembley Park aims to be the happiest 5k on the planet. Don your whitest t-shirt, walk, skip or dance around the 5k route, and then prepare for a post-race party loaded with DJs, MCs, 'Color Throws' and a host of other giveaways.
12 June, Wembley Park Boulevard. Price range from £45 to £10 for kids.

Ride with Pride

Take on this epic evening group bike ride through the capital to mark Pride in London 2016. There'll be a fleet of Disco Bikes from the fab people at IBikeLondon to keep you going. Glitter, disco lights, face paint and feather boas are more than encouraged.
17 June, 6.30pm, underneath Waterloo Bridge

Flight and Bite Yoga Class

Indulge in a fun and playful yoga inversions workshop focusing on the art of balance with Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher Emily Claire Hill. After lots of sweating, grounding down, lifting up and probably falling over, there's a healthy take on an afternoon tea to get your strength back.
18 June, 2pm, secret east London location, £40

The Gherkin Challenge

Take on the Gherkin Challenge as a family, team or individual and raise money for the NSPCC. It doesn't matter whether you run or walk up the 38 floors to the top, you'll still be rewarded with a glass of champagne (or juice) and spectacular 360-degree views across the capital.
19 June, The Gherkin, £20 (with a pledge to raise at least £200)

London Cycle Sportive

Choose between three different distances for this London Cycle Sportive: 48km, 104km or 166km. The route incorporates important landmarks from London’s Olympic history, including Box Hill and a unique finish on the 1948 Olympic Velodrome in Herne Hill.
26 June, Dulwich Park. Prices vary from £40-£48 depending on distance.

Herne Hill Velodrome

Santander Cycles Spin Up

Want to take part in a free spin class at the top of The Shard this month? Of course you do. The 'Santander Cycles Spin Up' is a series of extraordinary free spinning classes in unusual places taking place through the summer, raising awareness of the Santander Cycles. Register your interest from 8 June.
28-29 Jun, The Shard, free

Last Updated 27 May 2016

Diana Piper

Color Run is awesome. I also recommend Rabble if you want to play games outdoors, it's quite cool