Set in the heart of the capital, this race has got bigger and bigger every year since it’s inaugural running in 2008. It’s easy to see why too. Organised by the team that bring us the London Marathon, it’s as slick and as well supported as you’d expect, coping easily with the 15000 runners all lining up to compete.
Amongst them was Steve Rumsey, David Shoulder and Claire Howard, who despite having to stand outside her hotel due to a fire alarm half the night, made it to the start line alongside track legend Sir Mo Farah.
Starting on The Mall, they headed past Nelsons Column on the way to The Strand. Once on the famous street they headed in the direction of the City. Round the arc of Aldwych they went before disappearing toward Chancery Lane. Passing Holborn Cross and St. Paul’s Cathedral, they each took a turn at the Bank of England, bringing them back past St.Pauls for the return journey.
They then wiggled their way back to The Strand, continuing past Charing Cross before heading down Whitehall and the welcome sign of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament with 1km go. A sharp right turn took them down Birdcage Walk to the finish line outside Buckingham Palace.
Steve was the first roadrunner back after a considerable period away from racing.
“I really enjoyed that! It was a tad congested at times but I’m really pleased. It’s the first time I’ve raced since September”
Claire was next back, showing no signs of her sleepless night.
“I thoroughly enjoyed running through the streets of London” Claire chirps the next day “I saw Mo, Jess Ennis Hill and one of the Brownlee brothers, it was great! I was happy with my time considering all the early morning commotion”
Dave completed the bidding for the Roadrunners
“That was my Christmas present from one of my sons. Another good one for the memory bank! “
Sounds like it’s one to get on our to do lists
Steve Rumsey – 39.40
Claire Howard – 53.17
David Shoulder – 64.05