Monday 13 January 2014

A place in the British 10k London Run 2014

After years of avoiding larger events, it looks like I'll finally be running the British 10k London Run on 13 July 2014. This event attracts 25,000 runners. It seems like a lot of people to squeeze through the streets of London, but they seem to manage it each year. I'm quite nervous at the prospect of running with so many other people but I'm sure it'll be a brilliant day with plenty of support around the course.

It's actually quite a fitting race for me to take part in because I was in central London and logged my first ever run on the day of the 2010 event. I didn't know about the event when I went out that morning, but I remember jogging around St. James's and Green parks and seeing lots of runners turning up and preparing for the race. At the time I remember thinking that 10k seemed like such a long distance to run.

2014 is the centenary of the start of the first world war and in honor of this the race will have a number of commemorative aspects - more info here. It starts on Piccadilly and works its way through to the city via an out and back route along the river, then passes the London Eye, Parliament and Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall.

New Balance are the official sports brand of the event and will be supplying 'individual and corporate' runners with a commemorative tech t-shirt.

It seems so far away at the moment, but I imagine the time will fly by. And of course, I have a few significant events booked in before this comes around. The Paddock Wood Half being my first flat-course half-marathon (where I'll be hoping for a pb) and the North Downs Way 30 (that's 30 kilometres) being the longest and toughest race I've entered to date.

2014 is looking good - all I have to do is stay in one piece!
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