This morning I ran the London Winter 10k and had the most fun I've had running in ages. The race starts at Trafalgar Square and loops through the streets of London and finishes up outside Downing Street.
This race really does have it all and I am SO pleased that I decided to run it rather than race it otherwise I would seriously have missed out. After lining up under a snow cannon the route heads off down the Strand and we were met at the end of the first 1k by the My Switzerland team playing cow bells (they were also at the end of the race handing out Swiss chocolate). There were dancing snow wolves on Fleet Street and some great timpani drums all of which were strategically placed so that you see them on the way back without running exactly the same route. There was also an incredible choir at about 3k who must have been freezing but sounded incredible.
The race was well staggered which meant that you could run freely and easily without bunching up to the people in front and without people having to dart around between runners. The course is flat and fast and definitely one to get a PB.
One of the race highlights for me was watching the dancing penguins in the City dancing to Robbie Williams' Rock DJ. A few weeks ago I ran a competition on my Instagram (@lucy_fitness) to give away a race place for today and that was won by Leanne (@naturallea) we decided to run together and the experience of that made the race. I won't forget how excited she was when she reached 8k and said that every step from then on was the furthest she'd run in two and a half years since having her baby. We chatted for the whole race and it went so quickly. I also won't the look of joy on Leanne's face when I told her there was only a mile to go. Did I get a PB today? No and that's because I was too busy having fun.
Thank you so much to Human Race Events for putting on such an incredible event which is the first race I've ever felt was over too soon, if that isn't the sign of a great race I don't know what is. I've never been in a race before when you get a text with your race result just as you press stop on your Garmin. There was such a great crowd too, thank you to everyone who braved the cold to cheer for all of the runners today. The most important part of the event today was that so many people were running for people who have fought or are fighting cancer. There were signs around the route saying what great research everyone's money is doing to help fight cancer. Although I was very kindly given a race place I have donated the full race fee to cancer research too because I really want to help make a difference.
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