Winter Run London
Winter Run series are great at sending out emails letting you know what is going on and how to get to their races. They sent their race pack out with plenty of time to spare. Their website is full of useful information. In 2015/2016 photos are taken by
On a rainy day in January 2016 I set out from my friend Paula’s house towards London for another London Winter Run. Last year’s race was my 10k PB and was a great event so I had high hopes for this year’s event.
We parked up at Euston and after a short journey to Trafalgar Square by Tube we soon found the crowds of people around the Race Village. I did my usual queue for the toilets and there were some warm ups going on in the square. I was eager to avoid the drizzle and headed to the start line and another warm up. Not long to wait and my wave was the second to get going.
As this was one of the flattest courses I’d be running on I was hoping to pull off a PB but I had been under the weather with a cold all week. In fact, my friend had told me not to even run. So I just decided to see what I could do. From just over the start line things started to go wrong when my music stopped working and my running app failed too. I decided to leave it be and just run without, something I’d never done before.
I always enjoy running through the streets of London but I didn’t take in much on this run. The course seemed to twist and turn at every opportunity. Despite the rain there was still quite a lot of crowd support. The addition of the winter elements such as snowmen, polar bear hugs make this a really unique and great race.
I managed to keep my pace going despite no app or music. I was mentally adding up my time from the clocks and km markers, trying to work out if I’d managed a PB before the end. I was relieved to get through the end 49:07. My first sub 50, I was over the moon.
As the previous year some of the ukrunchat friends had met up, we decided to follow suit and do this again. We’d picked a pub to meet at and I tried to find this post race. Unfortunately, it seemed to be shut. Luckily I stumbled across Adam and Emma and we reluctantly plonked ourselves into a coffee shop whilst waiting for others to finish whist regaling stories of our epic triumphs and groping our newest medal.
Unfortunately, no goody bags at the winter run series. They do provide water and vita coco at the finish.
Winter Run series are great at sending out emails letting you know what is going on and how to get to their races. They sent their race pack out with plenty of time to spare. Their website is full of useful information. In 2015/2016 photos were taken by SportCam and cost £28 to download all images.