The LDN Brunch Club is a London-based running community providing support, encouragement and motivation to runners (and recently, triathletes) around the City. They offer multiple run sessions each week, as well as strength and conditioning and yoga classes designed for runners.
For those wondering, the “Brunch” in the name comes into play every Sunday as their weekly long run ends at a different café or restaurant for a post-training feed. We’re delighted to be supporting this friendly, inclusive community and are pleased to introduce LDN Brunch Club founder Stephen Adjaidoo…
Morning Stephen, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Diving straight into it, your crew does a lot of running – what made you target a triathlon?
A few of us did our first sprint and then olympic triathlons last year and absolutely loved them. We thought it would be great to be able to share that experience with people (predominantly runners) who probably hadn’t considered doing a triathlon before. It’s also a great way to creep in some cross training (like swimming) to break up time running on the road.
What’s the demographic like of the team?
We’re a really mixed bunch. Our triathlon team for Blenheim is 80% female which is great, from marathon to triathlons, women are often under-represented in so many of the races we see and do. This ratio is similar in our running club which is made up of about 70% women.
How do you get busy city folk to squeeze in training for 3 sports?
It’s always tough but ultimately if you want to do something enough, you find the time to make it work. Early morning swims/cycles/runs are tough to begin with but after a few weeks it becomes second nature. Generally, we’ve been swimming and running as a group at weekends with extra sessions done solo in the week.
What strength and conditioning does the team do to support swimming, biking and running?
For the last 6 months, we’ve held a weekly Strength & Conditioning session with our PT Charlie Brown at Basefit Shoreditch. Our sessions have covered key aspects of running: agility, balance, co-ordination, lateral movements and development of basic lifting techniques.
We also regularly host or partner up for yoga sessions across London to help develop strength and improve flexibility.
When it comes to fuelling training, is it all about carbs or do you favour protein to keep things lean? Or a mix or both depending on the session?
Definitely a mix of the two. Our post training favourites include blueberry pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, Shakshuka baked eggs with some fresh sourdough and the classic avocado and toast with feta and a poached egg.
What would an ideal breakfast look like for this race?
We definitely have a good breakfast beforehand. We’ll probably favour something like an acas bowl with granola and banana with some sourdough and Pip & Nut peanut butter! Great racing fuel!