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Tu x Clapham Common Running Boot Camp

Three runners put Tu’s activewear to the test and talk everything running with us

After indulging in one (more like 50) too many mince pies this Christmas, we took to Battersea Park with three runners from the Clapham Common Running Boot Camp to put Tu’s activewear through its paces. We caught up with the ladies as they sweated it out, to find out everything from their motivations to their reasons for running. Keep scrolling to meet them all.

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Running makes me feel really relaxed, it’s a good way to process your thoughts when you’ve had a busy day

Meet Rebecca, she’s 27 and comes from Glasgow…

“I’ve been running for about two and a half years – since I moved away from Glasgow. I didn’t know anyone in London so I started as a way to make new friends with similar interests to me and meet likeminded people who enjoy being active.”

“Before I started running here, I never really ran much at all but since I’ve started, I’ve progressed so much. It makes me feel really relaxed and helps me to unwind. It’s a good way to process your thoughts when you’ve had a really busy day.”

“I love running in a team because it pushes you to do a little bit more than you would on your own and I just like running with people who make me happy. To be honest, if I could pick my dream running club out of anyone in the world, it would just be my friends.”

“When I go running I like to wear clothes that let my skin breathe and that I feel comfortable in. I don’t listen to music because I like to process my thoughts – I enjoy seeing and hearing what’s going on around me. But if I do ever listen to any music, I like it to be really fast.”

“If I could run absolutely anywhere in the world, I would run where I’m from because it’s the most beautiful country. Scotland is full of the best scenery and hillsides.”

“The thing that motivates me the most to run is the way it makes me feel. When it’s horrible outside, you tend to feel less energised but getting out and running makes you feel so good about yourself.”

“I do other sports as well but I prefer to run because it allows you to go anywhere. Even if you’re on holiday, you can do it because you don’t need any equipment, just you.”

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Running isn't all about winning, it’s about improving yourself and making sure you’re the best version of you

This is Alice, she’s 29 and lives in Wimbledon now but she’s originally from Italy…

“I started running when I was very little, around 11 years old. I’ve always been very active so I really enjoy cardio activities like running and cycling. But this is my favourite exercise because it makes me feel free, powerful and fitter. And if I’m in a park or somewhere where there’s loads of greenery, I can feel connected to nature.”

“People might think it’s weird to wake up at five in the morning in the middle of January to go for a run but maybe they haven’t tried it yet. I don’t listen to them anyway because my running friends get it! But usually I get positive comments anyway.”

“There are many things that motivate me to run and wake up early… it makes you feel very free to do it when everyone else is asleep, it’s a nice feeling. And to see London without traffic and enjoy it – that’s great.”

“Before I go for a run, I like to look at the forecasts and see what’s weather-appropriate but usually I pick something very comfortable and light, like shorts or leggings and a T-shirt.”

“If I’m trail running I enjoy doing it in silence, whereas if I’m somewhere busier or on the road, I like to listen to music. But never during a race or a marathon because it can make you go faster than you should, especially if you have a good song. And then all of a sudden you have no energy left to get to the finishing line.”

“I really love running with my friends and people who love it just as much as I do. It’s so important not to have grumpy people around and do it with people who enjoy it as well. A positive attitude towards running is always best.”

“I think everyone should run because it’s not about winning marathons or races, it’s about improving yourself and making sure you’re the best version of you.”

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It's my friends that motivate me to get out and run – even when it's raining or really cold

Say hello to Gosia who’s 29 and hails from Poland

“I’ve been running for four years. I started because one of my friends tricked me and said we were going exercising on Clapham Common but didn’t mention it was a running boot camp! So the first session wasn’t really great – I didn’t like it and thought I hated it. But after a few weeks I loved it and it started to be my passion. I realised that running was the thing I really wanted to do because it makes me feel happy.”

“When I run I feel really relaxed and forget about any stress or problems – it clears my mind and helps me feel free. You don’t care what other people think about you. I don’t listen to music because I prefer to hear to everything around me and take the time to think.”

“If I’m running really fast I don’t like to talk but if I’m jogging, I love talking with people. In our club, we talk about everything – our lives, what we did during the day, food, passions – normal things you talk about with your friends.”

“I don’t think I’d run on my own because I like to know that I’m part of a group. I love running with my friends, I don’t want to run with anyone else. I feel happy when I know I have them there and they help motivate me, even when it’s raining or really cold. So naturally, in my dream running club, I’d have all my best friends, I can’t imagine anyone better.”

“If I could run absolutely anywhere in the world, I’d probably pick a nice big forest where there’s lots of nature and you can just run and not think about anything.”

“I like other sports too but when I started running, I realised I can achieve my goals because I was really bad with that. Every time I started something new, I gave up so quickly and because of running, I realised sometimes you need to take things slowly and achieving a goal is a mentality.”

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