Visit London Blog » freerunning Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Video of the Week: Freerunning Around the South Bank Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:32:33 +0000

Freerunner Kie Willis leaps, jumps and somersaults his way around the South Bank in this thrilling video. Keep your eyes peeled for the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.


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Parkour to Power Kiting: Extreme Sports in London Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:09:57 +0000 Kitevibe in Richmond Park

Inspired by last weekend’s World Freerun Championships or the forthcoming Red Bull X-Fighters at Battersea Power Station?

Or perhaps you read about London’s increasing number of Urban Explorers: people who enjoy delving into the city’s nooks and crannies, taking photos of the capital’s abandoned sewers, factories, and underground passages. We’re not going to suggest anything illegal like that, but…

If you’re up for a new challenge, why not have a go at some of these extreme sports in London?

Power Kiting
This fast-growing sport involves being pulled along by a kite while sitting in a kite buggy or standing on a landboard. Kitevibe offers lessons with qualified instructors in Richmond Park.

Hash Running
Hash running is loosely based on hare hunting. One or more hashers lay out a trail which the rest of the group follow. Runs tend to begin and end in the pub; hashers often describe themselves as “a drinking club with a running problem”. The London Hash House Harriers organise runs in London parks.

Orienteering involves navigating your way between various control points, using a unique  map to find the best route. It’s great for all fitness levels as you can run, jog or walk your way around the course. London Orienteering Klubb runs regular courses in Trent Park and Hampstead Heath.

Watersports in London
There’s a surprising array of water-based activities in London. Learn to sail at BTYC Sailsports Club on Welsh Harp Reservoir; try kayaking on the Thames; or look out for a new surfing centre in London from 2011!

Extreme Fitness
Military fitness classes are taught by ex-forces instructors, who’ll keep you on your toes as you do press ups, sit ups, squat thrusts and running. British Military Fitness and Army Boot Camp Fitness run regular group classes in London parks.

Parkour (similar to freerunning) is the art of moving gracefully through your environment. Urban Freeflow were instrumental in bringing the sport to the UK. Set up by Paul Corkery (known as Ez), the group is now the world’s largest parkour organisation, offering a variety of classes, workshops and events.

The skatepark in Meanwhile Gardens was one of the first concrete skateparks in Europe. It opened in 1976 and remains a place of pilgrimage for skateboarders. Nearby, state-of-the-art BaySixty6 has revolutionised the scene. Other skating hotspots include Cantelowes Skatepark and the undercroft beneath the Southbank Centre, where skaters have gathered since the 1970s.

More ideas? Let us know your favourite adreneline-fuelled sports in London.

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Get Your Free Tickets to the World Freerunning Championships in London Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:32:12 +0000 Claudiu Voicu - Urban FreeflowWe’ve had exciting sports news all over the capital in the last couple of weeks. From the Athletics Grand Prix to the Olympic Stadium to the Rugby World Cup, sport in London has never looked so strong.

And this trend continues. Trafalgar Square has long been host to some of the world’s coolest events. And this summer is no exception.

Alongside the current excitement of the Fourth Plinth, on Saturday 15 August you can also watch the World Freerunning Championships, for free!

Simply register for free tickets through Facebook. You only need to hand over your name, email and postal address… but you’ll need to be quick! There are just 7,000 places, and you have to register before Wednesday 5 August to be in with a chance of a ticket.

This is only the second year the World Freerunning Championships have taken place.

If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, you’ll see 27 freerunners from 17 different countries tackling a specially designed course in Trafalgar Square, showcasing their creativity and the physicality of freerunning.

We’re sure there’ll be a brilliantly exciting “don’t try this at home” feeling to the whole afternoon.

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