Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Faster Food; Fitness What Better Incentive to Exercise Than Knowing There'll Be a Burger Waiting for You at the Finish? Susannah Butter Goes on a Bun Run

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Faster Food; Fitness What Better Incentive to Exercise Than Knowing There'll Be a Burger Waiting for You at the Finish? Susannah Butter Goes on a Bun Run

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Byline: Susannah Butter

CHIPS, chips, chips," shouts the personal trainer. We are dodging tourists on the Strand and Saaj Badat is instructing us to up our pace from a jog to a sprint because we have somewhere to be. Badat leads us up a backstreet and straight to our destination -- Shake Shack burger restaurant.

Shake Shack's Track and Field running club launched last month for Londoners who want to beast and then feast. Badat leads a group on a 4.7km run from Good Vibes fitness studio in Covent Garden, along the river and back to the restaurant to refuel.

Usually I don't dine in public wearing leggings and a sweat top but my fellow running club members and I choose to believe our outfits and red cheeks give us an attractive post-exercise glow.

The idea for the club came from Allan Ng, Shake Shack's area director in the US. Ng is a veteran triathlete and marathon runner who, he says, "wanted to promote a balanced lifestyle".

A burger may have a reputation as "dirty food" but actually its mix of protein and carbs helps with muscle recovery, according to research. Thinking about food in terms of ingoings and outgoings is admittedly joyless, but if you're wondering about the numbers, a 4km run burns about 300 calories and a single Shake Shack burger is 490 calories. But that is not the point. Running in a group is a great way to keep up pace, and a meal at the end of it provides a chance to bond with your new running crew rather than sloping off.

"I have friends who definitively won't socialise on a Monday night because they have earmarked it for exercise," says Daisy Buckley, who is planning to go to the next Shake Shack club. "Exercising together and having a meal afterwards gets around the problem of being a fitness loner." If a burger doesn't do it for you, there are plenty of options in London. Town Hall Hotel recently launched a running club with GoodGym. …

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