The Best Annual Races in London 2020

Here’s a list of races that are held annually and are mostly on closed roads in Central London. These are big races that give you a unique London experience.

There are a lot of other half marathons and 10ks in and around London, but they often cover the same routes particularly the River Thames around Kingston, Richmond and Hampton or the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are on open roads on footpaths and pavements/sidewalks. These routes can be enjoyed at any other time and no cost, so have not been included here.

I’ve run the majority of these races and have provided links to any races I’ve reviewed. I have also included a short opinion on the race if I’ve done it. Continue reading “The Best Annual Races in London 2020”

22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)

I’ve done a fair few races in my time, but regularly in my own “I only need 5 minutes to get everything ready” way, I end up wandering around my flat looking for stuff and generally getting stressed. I then think “Why did I leave this until 11:45 pm to do this?”

I’ve racked my brains to think of things to do pre-race to make your race experience go as smoothly as possible. Continue reading “22 things to do for race day (possibly 20!)”

Checking in – August 2018

Gdansk beach

This was going to be a post about motivation and races. This was brought on by missing another run following one to many beers on Saturday night. It was a good night, well-spent outside in a courtyard with family and friends in Poland. A good time was had by all. The late finish, sleeping in and headache put pay to the Sunday morning run. Continue reading “Checking in – August 2018”

My First Race – Musings and Learnings

First Race

This post is inspired by Tom at The Allrounder. He recently wrote a piece about Global Running Day and told the story of his first organised running experience.

This made me think about my first race that pushed me towards running. I not sure which year it was, but it must have been over 10 years ago, as it was before I ran my first London Marathon in 2008. Continue reading “My First Race – Musings and Learnings”

Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018

Thames Towpath 10 2018
A foggy grey morning!

I previously ran the Thames Towpath Ten 7 years ago when I was flirting with running and thinking about being fitter. Back then it was a beautiful Spring day and we went for beers and burgers afterwards down by the Thames.

This year Spring brought grey cloud, drizzle and temperatures edging towards 10 degrees C. Continue reading “Thames Towpath 10 Race Recap – 8th April 2018”

The cost of a running race – Is it getting too high?

Race - Adidas

Following Christmas, runners minds are turning to think about their goals and the races they want to take part in next year. Race emails are flooding into your inbox and following the excess of food and drink it’s ever so easy to sign up and pass on your card details without thinking about it. Continue reading “The cost of a running race – Is it getting too high?”

adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17

Shoreditch 10km start

The Shoreditch 10km was the inaugural adidas City Run.

The blurb says –

The first in a brand new series of 10k runs across your capital. The Shoreditch 10k takes in some of east London’s trendiest haunts and favourite neighbourhood hotspots. Explore the city with thousands of runners.

I’m not quite sure what the concept is. Is it about making running trendy and urban? Is it about adidas marketing and controlling their own events? Maybe its about participation? Continue reading “adidas city runs – Shoreditch 10km – 8/10/17”

London 10 Mile Race Recap 4/6/17 – The New Distance One

.London 10 Start

The price of entry to big races is getting expensive. Everyone wants great locations, closed roads, clinical organisation, loads of toilets, goody bags and big medals.

The Entry

The price to enter the London 10 mile was £44 and then they also sneaked on a £2.53 processing fee! Something that’s common and really annoying for music gigs, but nothing I’ve come across at running events. It didn’t stop me or plenty of others though. Continue reading “London 10 Mile Race Recap 4/6/17 – The New Distance One”

Richmond Half – The Comeback One

The built up

In my post a few weeks ago, I stated that the wheels have come off in a couple of my runs. 3 miles felt like too much!

The Richmond Half had crept up on me and I didn’t feel I was in shape. Over the last few weeks, I got as many quality runs in as I could, in the hope my legs would come back. I did some mini duathalons – 7 miles home on the bike, a quick change and then a 6-mile run.

I was tempted to give the race a miss. The way some of my training runs had gone, I thought I had no chance of completing 13.1 miles. Continue reading “Richmond Half – The Comeback One”