10 Unusual Ways To Get Fit This February

By Zoe Craig Last edited 100 months ago

Last Updated 05 February 2016

10 Unusual Ways To Get Fit This February

Forget gym memberships — these fitness events coming up in February are much more fun.

Cycle in the Courtyard

Join the last of Boom Cycle's (the 'party on a bike specialists', apparently) heart-pumping spin classes in a courtyard in deepest Mayfair. Complete the high-intensity 45-minute workout, then reward yourself with a delicious two-course brunch from Hush.
6 Feb, Hush Mayfair, Lancashire Court, 8 Brook St, W1S 1EY, 11am. £15

Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Join in some flippin' fantastic fun at the Old Truman Brewery, as the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race returns. Form a team of four and race up and down Dray Walk to raise funds for a great cause: London's Air Ambulance.
9 Feb, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields E1 6QL, 12.30pm. Free

Better Bankside Pancake Race

Only 25 teams of four can join in this pancake flipping relay around the Marlborough Sports Garden near London Bridge: so get your frying pans ready. All proceeds go to Paintings in Hospitals, a local charity that places fine art in clinical settings.
9 Feb, Marlborough Sports Garden, 11-25 Union St, SE1 1SD. 12.30pm. £25

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Run

Looking for your first fitness challenge of 2016? The British Heart Foundation's relaxed 5k or 10k around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park could be just the ticket. It's a multi-terrain course that's perfect for beginners, with inspiring backdrops around every turn.
13 Feb, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. £13 adults, £8 teenagers, under 12s free.

Dead Drop: Operation Kill Cupid Race

Free beer at the end of the race? The people at DeadDrop Fitness have got our attention. Choose from two distances in this Valentine's Day special: 5-8k or 10k, and prepare your team of 2-6 people for a race with a difference. Combining tasks like zombie chasing and tracking with selfie-taking and a little light assassination, the DeadDrop team promises a sarcastic take on the usual Valentine's Day fare, and fun way to test your fitness levels this February.
13 Feb, secret Central London location. £22 (Readers can get 20% off using 'LONDONIST' as a discount code.)

London Bike Show Sportive

Join this 60-mile sportive, starting from ExCeL with an urban ride north out of London and into Epping Forest before crossing the M25 and heading into the countryside. One 40-mile loop and a drink station later, you'll head back into London to finish at ExCeL where you can browse the London Bike Show and ogle lots of shiny new bike stuff that you really do need.
13 & 14 Feb, Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL. £30

Flow in the Dark Yoga

Enjoy a blacklit vinyasa yoga class in the dark this February. Wear your whitest and brightest gear to glow and flow in the dark. There'll be glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark body paint to add to the overall effect. Ohm.
15 Feb, Secret converted chapel near Warwick Avenue, 5.45pm

Old Deer Park Richmond Half Marathon

It's an oldie but a goodie: The Old Deer Park Richmond Half is a well-established race in London's running calendar. Scenic, very flat, with gorgeous river views, and perfect for a personal best.
21 Feb, Richmond Park, 9am. £21 & £24 affiliated & un-affiliated

Dash for the Splash 10k Race

Organisers of Dash for the Splash promise you'll be smiling all afternoon after this muddy multi-terrain 10k race on Wimbledon Common. Look out for the water!
28 Feb, Wimbledon Common, Richardson Evans Memorial Fields, Putney Vale, SW15 3PQ, 9.30am. £15

Shard of Light Yoga

Enjoy a one-hour slow flow meditative yoga class at the top of the Shard on 2016's leap day. With dimmed lighting inside, the vibrant city lights and London skyline provide a gorgeous backdrop to this Monday night practise. Plus Yogasphere plant 10 trees per person every time you do a yoga class with them.
29 Feb, the Shard, 32 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG, 7.30pm. £40