A RUNNING VIEW – LONDONFebruary 3, 2015
As we lace up our running shoes and march full steam into the fitness battlefield, the hunt for the perfect jogging route ensues. Some prefer open fields and good dose of nature, others the urban delights of their beloved city. Whatever your preference, a scenic route goes a long way when you’re trying to keep up the pace.
And so, we’re tracking down fitness fanatics from around the world to lay eyes on their running view in the cities they call home. In our second edition, we hooked up with well-known poet, vinyl collector, and founder of London’s Run Dem Crew, Charlie Dark.
“Run Dem Crew is a community of creatives with a shared passion for running and a love for exploring urban landscapes. Formed in the winter of 2007 and based in London, we run predominately at night under the cover of darkness when the city we call home comes to life.
Running has helped me fall in love with my city and connected me with other like-minded souls across the globe. As part of our activities we also mentor young people in the community through our Run Dem Crew Youngers Project helping them in the pursuit of creative and physical achievements taking them from sofa to finish line of a running distance”. – Charlie Dark
“If you need to spark some energy into your routine, find an environment to run in that inspires you. With RDC HQ on the edge of the Olympic Park, it’s the place I go to explore new routes and training ideas.”
“Running has allowed me to see so many sources of inspiration that I would never have discovered if I hadn’t put my shoes on all those years ago. I regularly think of my best creative ideas when out clocking up the miles. On this particular day I bumped into an exhibition of London bus sculptures in the Olympic Park.”
“I love how running enhances your senses, especially the way you see colour. In this shot I really like the contrasting colours and symbolism of the fence in front of the subject. I tend to run in areas that you’re not supposed to, so my encounters with security are quite frequent. It all adds to the fun of the chase.”
“Architecture is really important to myself and the crew and we generally run from point to point whenever we meet as opposed to following a traditional running route. The more inspiration you can take from your environment as you run the less you focus on the pain. Discovered this sculpture on a run recently and made me think of a crown. You always gotta feel like royalty when you run.”
“Back in the early days of RDC we made a bunch of stickers and started sticking them up around London wherever we ran. They were a way of marking routes and sending a signal to other runners. This one has been up for over five years.”