Race date: 04.02.18, London
Report by Arif Ali
This was my first race outside of South Yorkshire, and on a potential flat PB course. The event is well organised and was in its fourth year as an event. With 20,500 people expected and a sold-out event, the race times were different depending on individuals time targets specified at registration. I also believe, this was the first time any Striders went down to London for this race.
On the race day, I decided to go earlier than my allocated time, to see if I can set off early, but the queue to the start was so long, that it took me approx. 30mins, which in the end got me to the start time at my allocated time. My advice for anyone who decides to go next year is to take extra time, so that you can get off early, or on time.
I was aiming for a slightly quicker race compared to Percy Pud, but the race started very slow due to the number of people there, and also people being considerably slower than anticipated. This made it very difficult to try to aim for a steady pace, having to weave in and out of people. However, I was happy to come away with another PB, these PBs will have to stop at some stage
The race starts in Trafalgar Square, and goes through Strand, and then towards Holborn. past midway point, you will pass Bank of England, and then towards St Paul’s Cathedral with ringing bells as we went past. Then back on Newgate St, and getting towards Trafalgar Square, and towards the finish. We were greeted with many characters over the course, such as wolves, penguins, yetis, and polar bears. At the end of the race there were polar bears giving hugs to all people that finished.
16444 completed the race. It was won by Alix Ramsier (unattached) in time of 33:24. First female was Charlene Jacobs-Conradie of Luton AC in a time of 36:44. 3 Striders took part. First Strider was Matt Connell in a time of 42:27. Congratulations to all.
|439||1947||42:27:00||Matt Connell||(M) 25-29|
|3590||15224||52:43:00||Arif Ali||(M) 35-39|
|6083||6732||57:08:00||James Hunter||(M) 40-44|
Provisional results can be found here with final results expected by w/c 12 Feb;