3 – 7 June 2019 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weekend!  Apologies for the late note this week– don’t we all hate it when real life gets in the way of running-related things??  This is a short one, in any case– evidence that we really are winding down for the year.

Running this week.  Monday we are headed to Brick Lane for bagels and Crosstown Donuts one more time.  The route follows the canal to ‘the Wall,’ then goes up and through Chapel Market in Islington before rejoining the canal to connect to the Brick Lane neighborhood.  It’s a great opportunity to spot some street art on the way back to the tube.  Please read the map and instructions below.  And please note:  there will be some traffic disruptions around Regents Park in preparation for the Trump visit.  We think the canal will be open, but if it happens to be closed by the security detail, it should be possible to run along the north side of Regents Park and enter the canal just after the Zoo entrance.  Wednesday we will run a Hyde Park loop– choose your distance between 5-8 miles.  And Friday we will head up to the Heath– for the last time this year!

Announcements and shoutouts.  A big shoutout and thank you to Carol Bertolino and Marissa O’Malia for our Spring Kit order and distribution last week– the tank and 1/2 zip look great (as you can see in the photo from last Friday’s Borough Market run)!  And a huge hooray for Rekha Kumar who ran her first marathon yesterday in Singapore!  

And finally…Drumroll… A warm congratulations to Janelle Meyer and a WRW welcome to her new little baby-girl-running-the-world, Colette Capri Meyer, who arrived this week!  You may remember that Colette went with us to Milan this year and rode along (in utero!) with her mom for part of the race and then for the water relief effort– handing out water to all the runners– after she finished.  We are SO delighted for you, Janelle!

That’s a hard act to follow, but here goes with the next announcement… If you would like to be included on the Summer Running WhatsApp group, please follow this link to join:  xx.  The group can be used to informally coordinate meet-ups and running plans in London for whoever is in town during the summer months.

Beginner Running Group, 2019-2020!!  Please let us know (wrwlondon@gmail.com) if you hear of anyone who would like to join the Beginner’s class of 2020.  As anyone who has been through this program knows, it can be an amazing, life-changing experience!  Just a reminder that the program is for people who have truly never been runners before.  It starts out with one-minute intervals at a very slow jog, so is not appropriate for anyone who is able to run even a mile or two.  Our regular M-W-F group can help people who have been runners before ramp up and return to running.  We’ll be working on organising our groups over the summer, and will hopefully ‘hit the ground running’ in August/September.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!  Tomorrow looks to be wonderful as well– a great day for a run along the canal!  Hope to see you at Barclays this week…

xx  Micki

Monday 3 June – Brick Lane – 6.3 miles
This is a fun and funky destination run!  We will head out in the same way as though we are running to The Wall. Take the Canal east to the Wall—go up ramp to Muriel Street, take a right and then an almost immediate left up a path that winds between the apartment buildings. Here’s 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. Turn right at Liverpool Street to the major road Upper Street. Cross Upper Street and turn left, then make your first right at Duncan Street. Follow Duncan Street to the end and there will be an entrance to the canal directly in front of you. At the canal path continue running straight, the water will be on your right. Follow the canal until you reach the Kingsland Road Bridge, Number 45. See the photo below.

Run under the bridge and take the brick steps up on your left, see photo below

At the top of the stairs turn left and at the main road, Kingsland Road, turn left (you’ll be running back over the canal). Follow Kingsland Road– you’ll see the Gherkin building in the distance in front of you, and Kingsland Road will become Shoreditch High Street. Turn left at Bethnal Green Road. There will be a white metal railroad bridge in front of you and the BOXPARK market will be on your right once you turn. You’ll also pass the Shoreditch High Street Overground Station on your right. Follow Bethnal Green Road until you hit Brick Lane, less than a quarter of a mile. 

There is a Casa Blue cafe at the corner, turn right into Brick Lane and you’ll see Beigel Bake and Crosstown Doughnuts on the right.  For the journey home, you can take the Shoreditch High Street Overground to Canada Water and then take the Jubilee Line home. Or you can walk through Spitalfields Market to get to the Liverpool Street tube station.

Wednesday 5 June – Hyde Park  – always versatile! (5 – 8 miles)
Pick your distance– do one of our standard Hyde Park runs, or vary it a little.  Below is the 6.5 mile Serpentine run.

Click here for all of the Hyde Park interactive route maps

Start:  Everybody starts the same way… head west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End Road and follow south as it becomes Lisson Grove.  Cross over Marylebone Road and continue on Seymour Place until the end. Turn right and cross over Edgware Road and then take the first left on Stanhope Place to enter Hyde Park at the intersection with Stanhope Place. Cross into the Park and enjoy your run!

Friday 7 June – The Heath (4 – 8 miles)It’s Friday and on Fridays, up the hill we go.
4 miles:  A great way to ease into running the hill. Run up to the Hampstead tube station and back. If you have trouble running up, think about how easy it will be running down!
5 miles: The Betsy Route
6+ miles:  The partial Heath route OR the Reverse Heath route OR Pergola route
7.5 miles: The Highgate route
8 miles:  The full Heath route

Click here for maps of all of the Heath routes.

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