First Timers

Pioneers welcomes new runners all year round. There is no need to contact us in advance, just turn up to a Tuesday club night run, or Sunday long-run and try out one of our sessions.

  • New? Just look out for someone in an orange vest at Wingate Square on a Tuesday, or outside the Alexandra pub in Clapham on a Sunday, and a member of the committee or one of our coaches will welcome you and give you a briefing about the club.
  • We welcome new runners of all abilities but most people can run three miles / five kilometres when starting out at the club.
  • If you want to use the free changing facilities on Tuesday nights at Wingate Square, please bring a padlock.
  • On our Tuesday night short (5k) and longer runs (10k-13k) we do not have front and back markers, so we will buddy you up with someone who can show you round the route. It is also worth familiarising yourself with the runs we do.
  • There is no need to become a member. Your first session is free. We just ask non-members pay £1 for subsequent sessions ( Tuesday evenings or Sunday long-runs ) – we have a card machine, and can accept coins too!
  • If you like the club and want to come back it is worth getting onto our mailing list, which you can do by emailing us at
  • We have a Facebook group where people post runs and races they are planning on doing, and general chit-chat about running with the Clapham PiONEERs.
  • Have a look at our Instagram feed for additional information.