The race itself is a great one if, like me, you need some motivation to continue running throughout the winter. It's not a serious get-a-PB type race, there are no colour coded start waves and everyone is just allocated a start time via email. I did get a couple of shoves on the rather tight corners by faster runners who had started some way behind me but the atmosphere was really supportive - despite the awful weather there were some cheerers on the route and the volunteers were amazing! The snow cannons didn't have quite as big an impact in the wind and rain but they were there as promised! The route passed a fair few London landmarks, I actually live in the City and it was a bizarre experience to be running on closed roads past St Pauls, The Bank of England and The Guildhall. There was one water station at 5km which was plenty for a winters' day and at the end, along with polar bear hugs, was the prettiest medal to add to my collection, bottled water and Vita Coco on offer.
I didn't get a PB, far from it, but I loved the atmosphere of the race - London can feel like an isolating place but doing an event like this and realising that you're getting drenched and pounding the pavements with thousands of other people gives you a feel-good buzz like nothing else. A big thank you to Nuffield Health for hosting us bloggers before and after the race in their Covent Garden gym. That post-race shower definitely ranks highly in my fictitious "best showers of my life" list.
|A running style #wiwt - for winter runs, I avoid the temptation to pile on loads of layers as once you're out there you don't need them.|
|The start line. Loved the snowmen marking out the starting waves.|
|The medal - the snowflake felt appropriate! Freezing cold, red fingers - model's own.|
|The polar bear volunteers - ready with hugs and selfie opportunities at the end of the race.|
|Had to sneak in this official picture!|
How's your running going so far this year?