On Sunday 13thJuly runners from all over the world will be converging on London to take part in one of Britain’s most iconic races: the British 10K Run. The route takes in some of London’s most famous and popular landmarks and draws participants from a wide range of ages and abilities. Unlike the more famous London Marathon, the British 10k is a more accessible for occasional runners and demands less preparatory training, whilst still offering a challenging experience.
Highlights of the route:
The British 10K route has been designed to pass as many of London’s historic landmarks as possible. In total it passes 32 buildings and statues of historical interest, many of which will be instantly recognisable by visitors to the city. Organisers describe the run as the ultimate tourist trail, with the added benefit of adding to your fitness!
Starting close to the Wellington Arch on Piccadilly, the route takes runners along St James’ Street and Pall Mall. Turning to your right you would be able to see the imposing façade of Buckingham Palace as you run past. The route passes St James’ Palace and Horse Guard’s Parade before turning into Trafalgar Square. On running past the famous Nelson’s column the route bends to the left along Victoria Embankment where it passes Covent Garden and Somerset House. Across the river you will pass the old power station now converted into the Tate Modern Gallery and continue on past Tower Bridge to the quintessential symbol of London, St Paul’s cathedral. From here the route doubles back and the runner’s enter the home stretch. If you were taking part you would pass the London Eye on your left and be able to admire Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament as you approached the finish line at Whitehall Palace.
How to take part
Runners interested in taking part should book their place as soon as possible through the British 10k Run website. You will be given the option of whether to run as an individual, or to support one of the many worthy causes sponsoring the event, led by military charity Help for Heroes. Guests of the Royal Garden Hotel who are in London for the race will find the hotel to be easily accessible from both the start and finish posts; and you can be assured of a warm welcome on your return to the hotel!