When this race was announced in 2017 there was loads of social media hype around it. When entries opened, demand was so high they were sold out extremely quickly & the website couldn’t cope. With such a high demand for this race would it stand up to the hype.
It was clear that on launch the race wasn’t a finished product & some things were still in the pipeline but communication from this event has been brilliant, regular emails have gone out giving updates a out what to expect, reveals of things like the t shirt & medal were staggered so the excitement & hype was maintained in the build up to the day. The striking yellow & pink branding of this race looks amazing.
The race packs arrived !
Straight away the package was on brand & when I found it on my door mat I knew exactly what it was & was really excited to open it & see what was inside.
There was the official race T shirt, the official kit bag, race bib with chip on & the race guide booklet.
The route looked a little complex with twists & turns but when you unpacked it with the details in the book it was clear you were going to pass so many Landmarks & the race promised ‘The Grand, The Quirky & the Hidden’
Scott Reynolds came with me. Scott has been my wingman at so many races but he has been injured for a fair few months so it was great to see him back in action & made me look forward to the race even more.
I had tweaked my ankle the week before running in the snow so neither of us were at full fitness we agreed to take it steady.
We got to the start & my only suggestion for future would be improvement to the bag drop area. Just send out all the baggage tags in advance with the race pack, I feel it caused delays tagging all the bags as people arrived & queues were quite long.
We reached the start line on Pall Mall ready to go & Amanda Holden said a few words, followed by a loud klaxon & we set off to Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers. There were energetic cheerleaders next to the start line & we were away already excited for the race.
The first landmark came really quickly in Trafalgar Square we saw Nelsons column & Britain’s Smallest Police Station.
Apparently the officer who works there is nicknamed laptop…. because he’s a small PC ?
There were plenty of costumes around & within the first few miles I saw 6 guys dressed as some London Landmarks who looked incredible.
The costume themed cheering stations around the route included Harry Potter, the 80’s, Victorian London, Roman Londinium, & The Suffragettes to name a few, colourful & loud charity cheer stations also kept motivation high & with the London Landmarks all the way along here was literally always something to be looking at or interacting with & the time just flew by, I was never bored on this route.
I was making my race video & caught a few words with different runners & celebrities along the way who were running a leg each (but kudos to Jenni Falconer, she ran the whole thing)
I think the video really captures the atmosphere far better than I can describe in text.
You’ll see I spoke to TV & Radio presenter Jenni Falconer, adventurer Ant Middleton & many more.
Crossing the finish line amongst the celebrity group was fab & I was glad to have been able to catch a few words with them all.
After the finish line I also caught up with the guy dressed as the London Eye, Ben. They’d all dressed up in memory of a friend who had sadly passed away from cancer & had raised £20K for a charity in his name. Amazing work lads!
The medal was fantastic & opens like a locket.
I would give this race a solid 10/10 the bag drop wasn’t a big deal considering how good everything else was & I loved it.
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