We reached the end of the WRW 2016-2017 year! We have our last two official runs this week, but we’ll still be running over the summer. If you’re in town, plan to meet at Barclays at 8:30 on Mon-Wed-Fri and the group will decide on the route that day. We tend to have a small group that runs most weeks, especially in June and early July. It just depends on who is in town. The best way to keep your conditioning and avoid injury is to keep running.
Monday we’re suggesting one last run to Big Ben. The 9s group has said that after Big Ben they are going to continue on to do the Tower Bridge route that we couldn’t do last week. That’s a great idea and some other groups may want to do the same. We’ve added the Tower Bridge route in the description below. Wednesday is the last day of school at ASL so we have the 4-mile extended Regent’s Park loop. Come celebrate the start of summer with a short, local run!
Congratulations to all the Richmond 10-mile runners!
It sounds like it was a great race (except for a few hills!) and one that we can recommend for next year. Well done for tackling this challenge!
See you in August!
The first official running day of the 2017-2018 year will be Wednesday 30 August. If you know anyone interested in the Mon-Wed-Fri group or the beginner group, please have them email [email protected]. Spread the word about WRW! We’re looking forward to meeting all our new members!
I’m already looking forward to next year! Have a fantastic summer!
Option 1 – Monday, 12 June – Big Ben (4 miles or 8 miles if you loop back)
This has become a tradition to run to Big Ben as WRW winds down for summer. As you know it is a historic run seeing many of the famous along the way.
We head to Hyde Park via the usual route and run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill. Run past the Victoria Memorial down the mall and enter St. James Park. Run over the pond and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big. You can take the tube back to SJW and call it a day. IF you are feeling ambitious you can turn around and run back to Starbucks for 8 miles.
Option 2 – Monday, 12 June – After Big Ben continue on to Tower Hill (7.25 miles)
Today we will be running across, along and across the Thames and in and around some of the oldest parts of London. The sights will be stunning!
We start off as though we are running to Borough Market-down Grove End and into Hyde Park, under Wellington Arch, along Green Park, through St James Park and towards Big Ben then across Westminster Bridge. At the end of Westminster Bridge, exit left down the stairs and run along the Thames Path past the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, Blackfriars Bridge, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe to the Golden Hinde, admiring all the landmarks as you trod past. Follow the walkway to the right of the Golden Hinde and at the junction with Southwark Cathedral, turn sharp left and follow Montague Close until just before the tunnel. At the tunnel, go up the stairway to the left (which puts you onto London Bridge Road) then turn right on London Bridge Road to the first crosswalk-cross London Bridge Road and go left; just before the river, turn right on the stairs to descend to the Thames Path. Continue on the Thames Path past the HMS Belfast, City Hall and Potters Fields, to Tower Bridge. Climb the stairs up to the Bridge (don’t go under the Bridge), then run across Tower Bridge (the views!), continuing past the Tower of London (more views!) until you reach the stairs down to Tower of London Park. Take the stairs down and follow the paved path along the park. Just past the park is a junction in the path-turn right to run in a tunnel under Tower Hill Road, past part of the original London Wall and up to the Tower Hill tube station. Now, think of all the history you’ve witnessed in just 7 miles!
Wednesday 14 June – Regents Park (4 miles)
This is the last day of school for ASL and the last official WRW run until the end of August. So we are keeping it short and local to entice you to come out for a quick one!
Head down Grove End Road as though going to Hyde Park BUT at Marylebone Road, turn left and follow Marylebone Road, past Madame Tussauds, then turn left at York Bridge and right at the Outer Circle. Follow the Outer Circle counter clockwise, all the way to the crosswalk by the US Ambassador’s House. Cross out of the Park and head to Starbucks.