Race date: Monday 27th May 2019
Bank Holiday Monday saw this popular race round the sights of London; Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s, the Bank of England, Downing Street, … The race starts on The Mall (yes, that one), takes in the Strand (home of the Australian High Commission, no less) and close to the Bailey (ie the Old one – pop in for a quick sentence?). You then wend your way back to the Palace along the delightful Birdcage Walk to finish close to the really big fountain and cheering hordes.
Race day dawned a bit chilly but dry; the sun put in an appearance and the temperature rose making the run warmish – prompting the usual runner clothing readjustments.
The delightful greenery was a wonder to behold; trees everywhere resplendent with blooms and as it turned out, bucketloads of pollen. In my case this produced coughing, crying and sneezing sometimes all at the same time; I was not alone!
The spectators along the route were great in number, voice and enthusiasm. I heard the club’s name shouted out a good few times – thank the Club running vest for that. Interestingly, most runners seemed to be without any Club kit so perhaps the novelty inspired the shouting.
I participated in the race using one of the free places generously given to the Club; a big thank you to all who made that possible.
19,465 runners finished the course with a chap called Mo Farah coming in first at an blistering 00:28:15. The first woman home was Stephanie Twell in 00:31:55.
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