You guys are SO fabulous! I am sad I missed last week’s run – it sounds like it was incredible with the weather and everyone feeling good about the run. I loved seeing your happy faces at the end of the run. You all can DO this! We are all so excited for you!
This is the week – the legendary Canary Wharf run. This distance is about the same as what you ran last week so you don’t need to stress about it – you’ve already proven you can do it! The difference is that most of it is on the canal so no stopping. Although that may sound intimidating, it actually allows you to get into a nice rhythm, plus it is great training for the race. Then, before you know it, you’ll be there and ready for a little margarita action 🙂
- Eat something before the run
- Bring water
- Bring a gel if you have one but we still have a bunch and will bring them along
- Bring your Oyster card
- Bring money for margaritas and breakfast burritos!
We will take the gels about 70-80 minutes into the run – roughly around the Victoria Park area. And we will try to take them while continuing to run this time.
Like last week, please let us know if you will be on the run this week. We want to make sure we have a plan for putting coaches with groups.
Also, some of us have talked about going to hear Jodi preach at the American International Church. There are two dates that I think might work for many of us – 10 April and 8 May. The service is from 11 am – 12:15 pm and the church is on Tottenham Court Rd near the Goodge St Tube (Northern Line). If you are interested, please respond to me with the date(s) that you can do and we will organise the outing.
So – please respond with the following:
- Will you be there this Thursday
- What date(s) work for you to see Jodi
Here are the details for the route. There are some photographs of the exits on the canal just for reference.
Section One – Canal to the Wall
We will run past Panzers and down to Charlbert where we turn right. Run to Prince Albert Road and cross into Regent’s Park to join the canal. Run along the canal for approximately 3 miles until the canal pathway ends at the famous “Wall.”
Section Two – Angel Roads
We need to run through the Angel neighbourhood until we can re-enter the canal path. At the wall follow the ramp up to Muriel Street. Take a right and then an almost immediate left up a path that winds between the apartment buildings. See the picture below for the entrance to the path.
Keep going straight on the path and it will become Maygood Street. When you get to the intersection of a main road (Barnsbury Road) turn right. Run until you make the second left onto Chapel Market. (There is a metal archway saying Chapel Market and a zebra crossing at the intersection.) Follow Chapel Market until the end. (NB: There is a public Ladies Room at the end of White Conduit Street, which intersects with Chapel Market at the euphorium bakery.) Turn right at Liverpool Street to the major road Upper Street. Cross Upper Street and turn left. Make your first right at Duncan Street (Jack Wills shop at the corner) and follow until the end. The entrance to the canal path will be directly in front of you. Go straight along the canal (NOT a sharp right turn.)
Section Three – Canal to Limehouse Basin
We run for about 4 miles following the canal path to the Limehouse Basin. We exit the canal path at the wire looking bridge – see picture below – and take the brown brick steps up to the left.
Section Four – Limehouse Basin to Canary Wharf
At the top of the brick steps, go straight. At the Limehouse Gallery and Bronze Age shop turn right. Run along the water until you reach the second metal foot-bridge leading to a park. Cross the bridge and run through the park. After the park, you’ll run straight, under an arch, and the water will be on your right. Run with the water on your right until you see the long flight of steps next to Royal China – see picture below. You’re almost there! Only a third of a mile remaining!
Run up the steps and straight ahead, through the small park to India Drive and then veer slightly right along Cabot Square. You’re heading for the big sky-scrapper building in front of you. Stop when you see the sign for the Canary Wharf DLR Station at the ‘mall’ entrance on the South Collanade. We’ll meet at the Starbucks inside the building on the right, next to the DLR station. After a much earned coffee/margaritas/breakfast burritos, we’ll head to the Canary Wharf Tube station [Jubilee Line] and tube it home to SJW.