We don’t want to be a ‘New Year, New Me’ cliche but the timing of our feature about Mikkeller Running Club Liverpool is pretty perfect. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or looking to take up a new hobby, the Liverpool ‘Chapter’ of Mikkeller Brewery’s worldwide running club is a pretty attractive option.
So first, a brief history of Mikkeller Running Club. The Danish brewery company’s founder Mikkel Borg Bjergso was a former college runner who obviously also had a love of craft beer, so when he noticed that the beer was taking over his body a bit more than he would have liked he formed the Mikkeller Running Club in 2014.
The ethos of Mikkeller Running Club (MRC) is to maintain a balanced lifestyle by keeping fit whilst also being able to enjoy a beer or two! So, the first Saturday of every month the running group would run and then, ofcourse, drink some beer. Unsurprisingly, the idea soon caught on globally with people requesting to set up their own MRC’s across Europe, Asia and America. The Mikkeller team had no problem with people setting up their own ‘Chapter’ of the running club as long as the organisers (Running Club Captains) could find a bar that would serve all runners with a free beer after their afterwards.
We have brothers Andrew and Oliver Carey to thank for the Liverpool Chapter of the Mikkeller Running Club, which celebrates its 5th Anniversary in July. Sticking to the rules and tradition of the running club the group meet on the first Saturday of every month and run around the Liverpool Dock area and finish up at the Baltic Triangle’s Black Lodge Brewery where your free drink is waiting for you.
“We’re a really inclusive, family-oriented running club and we don’t take ourselves too seriously, so no one should feel put off by coming to join us on a run.” said Vice Captain Oliver.
“We have a group of about 40 regulars, of all different abilities. The focus of the club is about being social so that’s why Mikkeller is a great running club. We have a run, usually about a 5k and then we head to Black Lodge Brewery for a few drinks, so you really get that social aspect of meeting new people and making some great friends. We’re also dog-friendly, so no one’s left out!”
The club also organises events like their Anniversary summer celebration and Christmas party which help to raise money for various charities. Having previously raised money for Marie Curie and KIND, the club has been supporting Love, Jasmine as their charity partner since 2017. In October 2019 they held an event at the Handyman Brewery on Smithdown Road, featuring live bands. The events feature games, auctions and raffles with plenty of top prizes to help raise money for Love, Jasmine. It all reinforces their message of a social running club and one that Mikkeller would be proud of.
So if you’re looking for a running club to join, enjoy a drink and want to find like-minded people there’s probably not one much better than Mikkeller Running Club Liverpool.
For more information visit http://mikkellerrunningclub.dk/chapters/liverpool/