|Photo courtesy of Mollie|
We ran along Regent Street, doing a bit of window shopping, and passed Trafalgar Square before turning onto my favourite part of the route – this involved running past the finish line on the other side of the road (cruel!) but at 8km we ran around Parliament Square past Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and some beautiful London architecture.
I made sure to stand to the left of the road to take my photos, and tried not to trip anyone up- the route was pretty congested and while London has a good “stand on the right, walk on the left” system on the Underground escalators, there was no such rule with this race – runners were darting all over the place!
Powering down the finishing straight I crossed the line in almost exactly 1hr15minutes – definitely not fast, but for a scenic tourist run not bad either. After passing under the arch, runners were directed to walk down Pall Mall with little instruction as to what was going on- unfortunately this is where the race really fell down for me.
It felt like we were wandering a little aimlessly and although I eventually made it to the baggage drop in Waterloo Place, there was huge congestion with hundreds of people queuing at a tiny stall for medals, still wrapped in plastic cellophane. Fortunately my bag was in the VIP Vitality tent so I didn’t have to wait for that, and was able to grab a bottle of water, but there was nothing else on offer for runners – no snacks, bananas or goody bag. It felt like a little bit of an anticlimax really!
- Iconic London route on closed traffic (and tourist) free roads past numerous landmarks
- Great medal
- Poor organisation at the finish
- No food/snacks/goody bag
- Expensive – the race costs £50 to enter, although I do understand closing roads in Central London costs a lot
Did you race this weekend? What landmarks would you love to run past in London? And what’s the worst thing you’ve experienced at a race?
NB: I was given a free race entry by Vitality in return for blogging about the event. However, as always, all opinions are my own. Vitality, the health and life insurance that rewards people for being healthy, is the title sponsor of the Vitality British 10k London Run and is one of nine events in the Vitality Run Series.