Bank Holiday Monday saw a number of K and D runners travel to London to take part in the Bupa London 10,000 race. The organisers promised ‘an electric atmosphere set among some of the most iconic sights of London, and thousands of runners of all abilities running together.’ The race forms the British 10k road race championships and as such attracts the best British runners along with club and charity fun runners.
The sun was shining and with an entry of 12,000 the atmosphere was definitely buzzing! The ladies assembled together in Green Park before moving to the start line on The Mall. A brand new course took runners under Admiralty Arch and through Trafalgar Square before heading down the Strand. The sites on route (for those able to enjoy them!) included the Royal Courts of Justice, Old Bailey, Guildhall, Bank of England, Mansion House and St Pauls Cathedral, to name a few. The crowds were great and there was plenty of live music for entertainment! The course then came back along the Strand, allowing a passing sight of the lead runners, before heading down Whitehall, past Downing Street and Big Ben, and finishing right in front of Buckingham Palace. Now you won’t get a better 10k route than that!!
The race was won by Andy Vernon (28:38) with the women’s race won by Jo Pavey (32:56).
It was fantastically well organised and made for a really fun day out. Well done to all who ran!
Lorna Davies 53:27
Sarah Nolan 51:09
Rachel Aston 50:23
Claire O’Kane 48:26
Claire Magee 46:16
Darren Maggs 43:39
Joe Read 34:02
Hopefully the club will continue to receive free places for this event so listen out for your chance to be part of the team next year…..