The Road to Cape Town (and beyond!)…
The Cancer Research UK Winter Run London
As the more avid readers of this blog will know (Both of them. Hi, mum! Hi random stranger!) that, after 32 medals came my way last year, running in London, Dublin, Luxembourg and all over the UK, I decided to go for quality over quantity and actually eat well, lose weight, and most importantly train for my races in 2015.
Thus the race list is pretty small this year. It will be:
- HAMPTON COURT PALACE Half (when I will be staying at the hotel in the grounds)
- GARMIN RACE YOUR PACE Half (when I will be staying at the hotel that was used as the facade for Frankenfurter’s castle in Rocky Horror Picture Show)
- THE TWO OCEANS MARATHON Half in Cape Town
- BUPA LONDON 10K
- TWO TUNNELS 10K in Bath
- BRITISH 10K London
- ROCK N ROLL LIVERPOOL Half
- BERLIN MARATHON
- SWISS CITY MARATHON Lucerne
- FAVERSHAM 10K
virtually one a month on average, with 3 in February, starting with the WINTER RUN 10K London.
THE WINTER RUN 10K for CANCER RESEARCH UK
I do LOVE living in London. After my decade in the US I was concerned that I would never recapture how I felt moving here, but the running has done that in spades. The Royal Parks, BUPA London and British 10K routes take in so many sights, that you can’t but realise you are in one of the greatest cities in the world.
The Winter Run is a new run for me and one that is using pretty much the aforementioned 10K routes. You will take in the River Thames, the London Eye opposite as you run along the Embankment on the north side of the river. You loop up by St Pauls take Lower Thames street to the Tower of London and back again.
This is all good for me, as I like to run places I know. The familiar the better, as I can visualise how far I have to go.
Now, the organisers went the extra mile to make this feel all wintry. The bag drop is a giant igloo, there are polar bears, Swiss tourist board guys dressed up as St Bernards and there are snow zones. of course, today, being the day before, it is actually snowing. So it should be a challenging one.
This is my second race for Parkinsons UK, after all my running last year for Pancreatic Cancer UK. I aim to raise £500 for them as well as £1000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK for my sponsored place at the Berlin Marathon.
I am raising for Pancreatic Cancer UK here.
I am raining for Parkinsons UK here.
And, for the Winter Run, on a snowy London weekend, I will be donning a new hat in the charity colours.
It will also be my first race in my Altra Running Torins. My minimalist, ultra running shoes with their zero drop, have been used for all training. So I have high hopes for a PB.
Here’s looking forward to tomorrow. Wish me luck! And I will need it as I am suffering from a pretty nasty crick in my neck that is stopping me looking over my left shoulder, so if you are going to overtake I recommend doing it from my right.