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I previously posted about starting to train for my first half-marathon. I am a slow runner (just under 11 mm at the moment) and do maybe 5 - 6k 3 - 4 times per week. I've been wondering about joining my local running club in Dulwich and whether it would be nice for cameraderie - I like running alone, and am addicted to Zombies, Run! but thought having the discipline of running with a group might help up my speed. The runners round my way (from people I see jogging in my local area) are a mix of friendly 'hi's' and ignoring, but generally v civilised!
I guess I'm concerned that I might not be that welcome as I'm not an athlete but a fun runner - what's the purpose of joining a local group, for those of you that are in one? Is it welcoming to those of us who are slow and chubby?! And has it helped improve your running life?
Would love to hear about others' experiences.