Back in October 2016, I came up with the idea of launching a Winter Run Club. I’m pretty sure a few people wondered what was in it for me, right?! …and I think I’ve been honest the whole time. One of the biggest motivations behind starting the weekly meet up was to make sure I ran consistently. I was bored of doing what I normally do, not training for a race and I was curious to find out if I could run a sub 60 minute 10k again.
But each and every time I met someone new at Run Club, I had another reason behind dragging myself out of my warm flat to head in to Shoreditch and run…
…and these are just some of the amazing crew that came along with me for the journey over these past 14 weeks! A huge Well Done to everyone for smashing it on race day…. I’ve literally never been prouder!
My biggest Thanks goes to the team at TinyTY in Boxpark Shoreditch, who I couldn’t have done this without! …I loved that they loved my idea about the run club as much as I did and were fully supportive and welcoming each and every week we rocked up! …The TinyTY branch is only a temporary space (you have to check them out in Covent Garden & Soho) and I know big things are on the cards for this amazing company which I hope to stay involved with!
I’ve run the London Winter Run every year since it started back in 2015 and featured my race reviews here (for 2015) and here (for 2016) …but this year, my review will be in print in the April issue of Women’s Running Magazine hitting shelves on the 23rd February 2017.
And I have some more Thank You’s to share quickly before I go…
Firstly, to Pete aka Spree, who agreed to pace me on the day and did the best job keeping an eye on our pace, keeping me informed of the route and keeping me going. Cos y’all be pleased to know (if you don’t already) that not only did I get a sub 60 minute 10km, I got a brand spanking new Personal Best of (official race time) 57:03 which replaces my long standing PB from all the way back in 2013!
Then, I have a huge Thank You for Nick and Jo at The Running School who worked with me on my running technique for weeks and instilled some confidence in me (they even got me thinking I can run faster than my new PB already!).
Thank You to Helen, Alana and Beki who co-lead Winter Run Club with me from beginning to end.
Thanks of course to Human Race who without a doubt, organised yet another great event! Along with recruiting an amazing set of Volunteers on the day without whom the race couldn’t happen!
Winter Run Blog Posts you should check out…
– Miss Wheezy by Beki (#WinterRunClub co lead)
– A Pretty Place To Play by Bethan
– Adventures of Gemma by Gemma
– 1 Vision 2 Girls by Helen (#WinterRunClub co lead)
…if you’ve written a post, please leave me a link in the comments or send via social media and I will add it to the list above!
The London Winter Run is gonna be back in 2018 on Sunday 4th February, so put the date in your diary now! …I’m already excited although I don’t wanna think about it being a whole new year!
Did you run this years race?! How did you get on?