20-24 September 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!

Wasn’t it great to get back to the Pergola this past week?  And, well, to all of our places!  If you are new to WRW, welcome– before you know it, you will consider these streets and sights ‘your places’ as well!  It has been so much fun to meet and get to know some of you in the past couple of weeks.  And it’s been a joy to see so many old friends on the pavements and around the cafes in St Johns Wood!  If pictures speak a thousand words, I’ve included the rapid-fire slideshow below for a little novella of our week.

Running this week.  Monday we are introducing a standard Wednesday route, the 5.5-mile Kensal Rise loop.  This one takes us on the canal west, through Queen’s Park to Kilburn and Maida Vale before turning back to St Johns Wood– OR several runners have mentioned they prefer doing this one in reverse so they hit the canal a little later in the morning.  The reason for doing this on a Monday this week is because we’re delaying our destination route until Wednesday so we can see the floral displays for Chelsea in Bloom, which is to coincide with the rescheduled Chelsea Flower Show.  When we’ve done this in the past– usually in the spring!– we’ve learned the displays are only just being set up on Monday mornings.  The route goes to Sloane Square, then down Kings Road a piece before doubling back to head back to Hyde Park, where it just happens to hit the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen at about 5.7 miles should you have time for a coffee in the park.  OR you might choose to do a bit more exploring in the Sloane Square area– our route takes you past a taste of the displays, but there will be more to see, and you can find details at Chelsea in Bloom.  The event also carries into Belgravia in Bloom, and some of these are just a few blocks left (or east) of Sloane Square.  Finally, on Friday you have your pick of Heath routes– we’re highlighting ‘The Betsy’ (5 miles) and ‘Highgate’ (7.5 miles) in the Routes section below.  And– spoiler alert– the Borough Route will be our official pick next Friday!  As always, all of our routes for the week, with maps, directions and RunGo links, can be found at the end of this email.

Spring Half Marathon.  We have had questions from runners about whether we will resume our spring tradition of travelling to a European half marathon in 2022.  Many of you are eager to travel!  The short answer is “Yes. We hope so!”  Quite a few race organisers are in the middle of hosting fall races postponed from the last 18 months, and so have yet to confirm spring dates. This will delay the announcement a little this year, but rest assured we are working behind the scenes– led by our fearless trip boss Sue Wheeler– and we’re hoping to have a race announcement before the end of October. Stay tuned. 

Shirt sayings.  On a similar note, kitmaster Marissa O’Malia is working on some new gear for us!  The color combo on the annual shirt is always a surprise, and every year we also call for your ideas for pithy but inspirational quotes for the back of the shirt– which is also revealed at kit distribution time.  We have had some great ones through the years:  ‘We Run the (Social) Distance’… ‘Another Run Stronger’… ‘Any Time, Any Where, Any Pace’… ‘Keep Calm and Run On’… ‘This is my Happy Pace’…’In it for the Long Run’…’We Run London’… and others you’ve seen some of us long-time veterans wearing.  So what will it be this year?  Send us your ideas!

The rescheduled Hampton Court Palace Half is taking place tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 9am.  This is the rescheduled version of the half we did virtually last spring, and I’m not aware of anyone who is running it live at this point.  But there are several available entries floating around if you want to take the starting line at the last minute!  Let us know– best way is to Whatsapp your pace group, as most of the Pace Group Leaders are aware of who has the bibs available, and thus can help facilitate picking it up!  Also, if you did the race virtually and have never written in to receive your medal and shirt, please let us know ASAP and we’ll send you the info to claim your bling!

Shoutouts.  A huge WRW shoutout for a super-inspiring run Miki Neant and Kelly Willis are involved in this weekend.  They are going to be guide runners at the Self Transcendance 24-hour Track Race, for Sinead Kane, an elite Irish runner who is visually impaired and is seeking to once again be named to the Irish national endurance running team.  Miki will be running many hours through the middle of the night with Sinead, and Kelly is on standby to step in throughout the event.  See the links above for more on the event and on Sinead Kane.  The race is taking place at the Millenium Stadium in Battersea Park if you want to go down and check it out (I think it is closed to spectators from 10pm-6am, though!) OR you can follow real-time results here (search Sinead Kane).  For reference, the last time this race was run, in 2019, the first-place woman covered 137.5 miles in the 24-hour timeframe.  We are so proud of Miki and Kelly for their involvement in this intense event!

With that, I’ll sign off for now.  As always, I can’t wait to be out there running with you again on Monday!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend– see you in the park!
xx Micki


ROUTES

Monday, 20 September – Kensal Rise (5.6 miles)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/PKciDDCGzKor in reverse: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/19LMJ4Pzt8


Please be aware of pedestrians and bikes along the canal and form a single file whenever needed! You might also want to try running the route in reverse, as commuter traffic on the canal gets lighter a little later in the morning. Start out heading west on St. John’s Wood Road and cross Grove End at the traffic light. Turn left on Cunningham, right on Aberdeen, and cross Maida Vale to the right side of Blomfield Rd. Stay on the right side of Blomfield Road as you run parallel to the canal. Turn left at the second bridge over the canal (at Westbourne Terrace Road), turn right just after the bridge, follow the sidewalk along Delamere Terrace, and join the canal path heading west at this point. Run to the Ladbroke Grove exit. Here we turn right and run over the bridge along Chamberlayne Road to Harvist Road. Turn right on Harvist, which turns into Brondesbury Road, and take that to Kilburn High Road/Maida Vale. Turn right and follow Maida Vale to Hall Road where you turn left and run back to Starbucks. If you want to shorten this route, run west on the canal and turn back at your desired half-way point. (The two mile mark is at the point on the canal when the Westway motorway is over our heads.)
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Wednesday, 22 September –  Sloane Square for Chelsea in Bloom (5.7 miles)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/gtvSKbNeAq
Everybody starts out to Hyde Park, taking the usual route down Lisson Grove to Seymour Place, etc. Once inside the park, turn left and run down towards the southern edge, following the path to the right before it leaves the Park (Rotten Row). Run to the large gated exit (Albert Gate) before the tall ‘One Hyde Park’ complex, cross Knightsbridge and turn right on Knightsbridge, then a left onto Sloane Street after Harvey Nichols. Follow Sloane St until it ends at Sloane Square.

Turn right and curve around the square to the left heading towards King’s Road.  Make a quick left onto Duke of York Square and then a right and a right to run around the square and get back to King’s Road.  Turn left and run down King’s Road to Chelsea Manor St (about a third of a mile), admiring the floral displays in the various shops along the way.  Cross King’s Road and head back the way you came but turn left onto Cadogan Gardens (before Sloane Square).  Take the first right onto Culford Gardens and then a left onto Pavilion Road.  Run until the road ends, make a right, and then a left back onto Sloane St.  At Knightsbridge, cross the street and head straight onto the passageway – Serpentine Walk.  Continue straight into Hyde Park and keep going straight, keeping the Serpentine on your left as you head toward the Hyde Park Benugo where we will all meet up for coffee.

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Friday, 24 September – The Heath
RunGo for The Betsy option:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/dkhuleD0zF

Most Fridays we run the Heath!  This week we are highlighting two options depending on where you are in your training.  For both options, head out to Avenue Road, then up Fitzjohn’s per all the Heath routes.  

The first option is The Betsy.  Named for the runner whose favorite route this was, it is a shorter option that leaves out the second hill after you reach the tube station in Hampstead.  At the top of Fitzjohn’s, cross over towards the station and turn right.  Take the first left down Flask Walk and continue straight until you reach the Heath.  Enter the Heath and run until you intersect with the wide path.  Turn right and run down the path, curving to the right.  Run the wide path as usual but don’t turn left to run up Parliament Hill. Instead, veer right at that juncture and follow the trail across the ponds. After the ponds, the trail veers left and shortly after there is an opportunity to take a right turn on the intersecting trail that heads towards E. Heath Rd (taking you next to the fields used for the Art Fair, parking etc at different times of the year). Cross E. Heath Rd at the pedestrian crossing, then run on Downshire Hill Rd to Haverstock Hill. Turn Left on Haverstock Hill, running home the usual way (turn right on Belsize Ave, left on Lancaster Grove, right on Crossfield, right on Adamson, then cut through the Swiss Cottage public area by the Hampstead Theatre, turning onto Fitzjohns to St Johns Wood Park Rd to St Johns Wood Terrace and then to Starbucks).

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OR Highgate (7.5 miles)
Head up Fitzjohn’s, as usual, and continue past the Hampstead Tube and Whitestone Pond to stay on Spaniards Road.  Do not enter the Heath at the normal entry point, but stay on Spaniards Road as it wraps around the outside of the Heath, past Kenwood House and past The Bishops Road where Spaniards Road turns into Hampstead Lane.  Continue on Hampstead Lane as it edges around the outside of the Heath in a gentle rise until you reach The Grove, where you turn right. [The Grove is a pretty, tree lined street just before the Highgate roundabout.]  Run to the first right turn, a lane called Fitzroy Park with a traffic barrier across the road. Pass around the traffic barrier—this is fine!  And continue down the road, past lovely homes and a famous allotment on the right side. This road curves downhill to the left and takes you to the entrance of the Heath on your right side, near a set of bathrooms and just before Merton Lane to the left.

Enter the Heath, run past the loos (on your left) and take the path to the left as it runs along the model boating pond, the men’s bathing pond and a third pond. When the sidewalk dead ends, take a right to run along the exercise fields and running track. Exit the Heath past the paddling pool, crossing over the bridge onto Constantine Road. Take a right, running past South End Rd/Fleet Rd, past the Royal Free Hospital and cutting up the path to the left just past the Royal Free’s entrance driveway to take a short cut to Haverstock Hill. Go left on Haverstock Hill, crossing at the pedestrian stoplight to the other side, then turn right on to Belsize Avenue. Stay on Belsize Avenue (its name changes to Buckland Crescent) to Fitzjohn’s where you turn left to run towards Swiss Cottage Library, then scoot over to St Johns Wood Park Road and back to Starbucks.
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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.

13-17 September 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Our first full week of running gave us some glorious, sunny skies!  For those of us who have weathered the last couple years of on-again-off-again lockdowns and restrictions, it is amazing to be able to run together without policing numbers, and to meet in any number of open cafes for coffee time after the run!  One of my personal goals for the year is to hold on to my sense of gratitude for these freedoms it is so easy to take for granted (so, when you see me with a goofy grin on the High Street, you’ll know what’s going on in my head…either that, or I’m over-caffeinated again!).

Running this week.  Monday we will head toward Hyde Park, one of our ‘home courts.’  You can do route options that loop back to St Johns Wood from the 5-8 mile distances (see in the Routes section below), or you can do a loop in the park and then hop on the tube at Hyde Park Corner or route yourself to Bond Street or Baker Street for a quick tube ride home.  Wednesday we’ll head east on the canal to the Camden Lock, then exit and run through Mornington Crescent to Regents Park for a nice little variation on a 5-mile loop.  And Friday we’re still officially headed up the hill to Hampstead Heath, but we’re going to do the Pergola route, which rewards us with a beautiful ‘secret garden’ many Londoners don’t even know about.  As always, route maps, directions and links can be found in the “Routes” section below, as well as links to the RunGo turn-by-turn directions.

WRW Training Routine and Plan.  As promised, it’s time to give a training overview to those who are new to WRW or haven’t been through a regular running year during Covid times.  Generally speaking, our weekly runs fall into a pattern:  

  • Monday is the longer, slower run each week, in which we stretch out our mileage and endurance as we build to a half marathon in the spring.  As our year progresses, some of these will be destination runs (Wembley, Canary Wharf, Kew Gardens, and others).
  • Wednesday is generally a shorter run, often a looped route, and always with the option of doing it at a faster pace.  When we get a little further into our season we will start to introduce some tempo training options for Wednesdays. 
  • Friday we usually do hill training, which is why it is a tradition to run up to Hampstead Heath for the most beautiful hills in London.  Sometimes we take a break and run to Borough Market, but we really encourage you to work in some of the hill days if you don’t have an injury which prevents it.

As far as the longer-term plan, we have a basic training plan we tweak each year depending on the timing of our destination race.  We always factor in ASL school breaks, as so many in our running community have children at the school.  If you’d like to take a look ahead, we have old training plans on our website, and we will update them once our race is set.  The Routes team has a whole arsenal of fun and practical routes to match the training objectives week-by-week.  And by the way, Race Boss Sue Wheeler is working hard to find just the right option for us this spring, but unfortunately a lot of races are holding back on announcing spring dates just yet, so even more than usual she has her work cut out for her!
Finally, not to be too repetitious, but this is important for anyone just joining us… please let us know if you are having trouble finding a pace group that works for you.  Most everyone seems to settle in over time, but we all would hate to see anyone struggling to find a place that works for them.  We can help, and there is a place for everyone!  Let me just give a quick thanks at this point to Jen Iannazzo, who has welcomed so many new runners already this year and is always working to help people find the right pace group.

Announcements and Shoutouts.  Another shoutout to all who did the London Summer Run 10K last weekend.  It looked like such a fun event, and you all represented so well!  I included a few photos last week, and there are some in the lead photos this week as well (my favorite is Miki as a penguin!).  Looking ahead, Marigold Dooley is running the Richmond Half Marathon on Sunday– good luck, Marigold!  Next weekend is also the officially rescheduled version of the Hampton Court Half Marathon we were meant to run as a group last spring.  Many of us completed our half marathon in our fun, improvised Race Week last April, and we sent in our results for the official medal and shirt. (Let us know this week if you never sent for them, and we can pass along the info on how to get it done in time).  But some of us may have decided to keep our registrations live on the possibility of running the half in person next Sunday, 19 September.  Please let us know if you are planning to run that event OR the Hackney Half next weekend.  We want to give shoutouts, of course, but we are also happy to help connect people who are running the various events and may not realise they have WRW co-runners. Also let us know if you are planning to run the London Marathon October 3, either the official route or the virtual version.  It’s a WRW tradition to cheer our runners on in this event, and we don’t want to miss anyone!

That’s it for this week.  Look for an extra, separate e-mail in the coming days, with introductions of the team working behind the scenes to keep WRW running, as well as some other important information for the year ahead.  But in the meantime, I can’t wait to see you in the park and run with you again on Monday!  Enjoy the weekend!
xx Micki

ROUTES
Monday, 13 September – Hyde Park 5, 6, 6.5 or 8 miles

Click here for all of the Hyde Park interactive route maps

We start from Barclays, run down Circus Road and turn left on Grove End/Lisson Grove. Cross diagonally at the light to go onto the west side of the street. Cross over Marylebone Rd (now you’re on Seymour Pl) and run until the road ends. Turn right on Seymour St, cross Edgware Rd, and turn left at the next street (Stanhope Pl). Cross into Hyde Park, cross over the Carriage Rd and you’re ready to go.

Hyde Park 5 miles
With this route, run straight when you enter the park and turn left when the path ends. Turn left again at Hyde Park Corner and head back up along the eastern edge of the park before exiting at the Upper Brook St/Animals of War exit. After you cross Park Ln, make your first left onto Park St and keep going until you get to Park Rd. Turn left on Park Rd and make your way back to Starbucks.

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Hyde Park 6 miles
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/ybk4zOsBh9  

Here, turn right at the silver sphere after entering the park. Turn left when you get to N Carriage Rd and run down to the Serpentine.  Turn right and then left to run over the bridge. Turn left to run along the Serpentine. Turn left again at the end of the Serpentine and head back up along the eastern edge of the park before exiting at the Upper Brook St/Animals of War exit. After you cross Park Ln, make your first left onto Park St and keep going until you get to Park Rd. Turn left on Park Rd and make your way back to Starbucks.

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Hyde Park 6.5 miles

Like the 6 miler above, you turn right at the silver sphere after entering the park. Cross over N Carriage Rd and turn left just after the Italian Gardens. Run along the water (it turns into the Serpentine) and stay right at the end to run along the southern edge of the park, all the way to Hyde Park Corner. Then turn left and head back up along the eastern edge of the park before exiting at the Upper Brook St/Animals of War exit. After you cross Park Ln, make your first left onto Park St and keep going until you get to Park Rd. Turn left on Park Rd and make your way back to Starbucks.
Hyde Park 8 miles

This run takes you around the periphery of the park. As before, you turn right at the silver sphere after entering the park.  Cross over N Carriage Rd and keep going until the end of the park. Turn left to run along the edge.  Just keep turning left until you’re heading  back up along the eastern edge of the park. Exit at Upper Brook St/Animals of War Memorial. After you cross Park Ln, make your first left onto Park St and keep going until you get to Park Rd. Turn left on Park Rd and make your way back to Starbucks.

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Wednesday, 15 September – Camden Lock/Mornington Crescent/Regents Park (5 miles)RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/QROqFQPvJi

Head to the canal going eastbound to Camden Lock, where we cross the small, cobblestone bridge, exit the canal and turn right onto Camden High Street. Take the first right turn onto Jamestown Road and then the first left onto Arlington Road. Run straight down Arlington Road, make a slight right onto Mornington Crescent, follow it around and turn right onto Hampstead Road. At the first intersection, turn left onto Granby Terrace and the second left onto Stanhope Street. Continue down Stanhope until we reach Trinton Square. Turn right and run between the office buildings at Regent’s Place, past the nice fountains, to the end of Trinton Street. Use the pedestrian crossings to cross Osnaburgh Street and Albany Street. Head left to the intersection of Euston Road, where you take a right and run briefly along Euston Road. At Park Square East, turn right through the gates towards Regent’s Park. We enter the park at the Outer Circle intersection and follow the paths on the east side of the park to take in the Frieze sculptures, cross the Broad Walk at the ornamental fountain and head along the path with the Zoo to our right. Turn left onto the Outer Circle, past the Avenue Road exit, and right at the second exit (where we usually enter for the canal or park). Run up Charlbert Street to St John’s Wood Terrace, make a left, and head back to Starbucks.

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Friday, 17 September – – The Heath Pergola (6.3 mile)
RunGo link:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/soXpd8ec3K/edit
Head out from Barclays to Avenue Road, then up Fitzjohn’s per all the Heath routes.  
In order to help with sidewalk crowding, we are assigning pace groups to run on opposite sides of Fitzjohn’s.  The 8s and 10s should run up the left (west) side while the 9s and 11s should run up the right (east).

Continue past Hampstead Tube Station all the way to the roundabout just beyond Whitestone Pond. At the roundabout, use the pedestrian crossings to cross counterclockwise over to New End Way to Jack Straws Castle (now a personal training gym) and continue past the parking lot entrance and past the bus stop to turn left onto a small street called Inverforth Close. A short way down, there is a trail to the right with a green barrier gate and a sign that says “The Hill Garden.” Here are pictures of the trail: 

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Follow this trail until you come to an entrance on the left for “The Hill Garden and Pergola”, enter it and go to the right around the big bushes. You will see a beautiful reflecting pool. Run alongside it and up the stairs-you are on the Pergola! Run or walk the length of the Pergola.  Don’t forget to look at the beautiful views, admire the flowers and take a pic or two. Please be considerate and don’t run if others are walking the Pergola. When you have finished with your Pergola time and reached the far end, take the stairs down and turn left to run on the wide trail back to New End Road, turning right to run by Jack Straws Castle and crossing left at the pedestrian crosswalks by the roundabout to put you back on the standard Heath route. Turn left from the crosswalk and then right to enter the Heath. Run the wide path as usual but don’t turn left to run up Parliament Hill. Instead, veer right at that juncture and follow the trail across the ponds. After the ponds, the trail veers left and shortly after there is an opportunity to take a right turn on the intersecting trail that heads towards E. Heath Rd (taking you next to the fields used for the Art Fair, parking etc at different times of the year). Cross E. Heath Rd at the pedestrian crossing, then run on Downshire Hill Rd to Haverstock Hill Rd. Turn Left on Haverstock Hill, running home the usual way (turn right on Belsize Ave, left on Lancaster Grove, right on Crossfield, right on Adamson, then cut through the Swiss Cottage public area by the Hampstead Theatre, turning onto Fitzjohns to St Johns Wood Park Rd to St Johns Wood Terrace and then to Starbucks).

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And of course there are always the other Heath routes if you prefer:

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.

6 – 10 September 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
How wonderful was it to be back together this week?  Having been unable to freely mingle as one big group for so long made this week’s gatherings feel especially great and a little surreal.  A very big welcome to those of you just joining us– we are so happy to have you!  Every one of us was new to the group at some point, so we genuinely want to make you feel comfortable and included, and we look forward to getting to know you.  I loved meeting so many of you at yesterday’s SCOOP event at ASL!

Running this week.  It’s a good week to work on settling back into a running routine, so we will make it easy by keeping it local and giving you lots of options on distances for each route.  Our first Monday back, we traditionally run the WRW standard route to Big Ben– don’t forget to bring a contactless or Oyster card and mask for transport home.  The standard route is four miles to the Westminster tube station, or you can take earlier exits at Hyde Park Corner or Green Park.  You can also extend the run back to Green Park for a five-mile run, or back to St John’s Wood for eight.  On Wednesday we’ll do the Primrose Hill/Regents Park loop, which enters Primrose Hill from the Elsworthy Rd side, goes to the top of the hill (great view, great photos!), and then coasts down the hill and into Regents Park.  The full route is five miles, but the routes section below includes suggestions for modifying it for three- or four-mile options.  Friday our official route will once again be up to the Heath.

As always, route maps or links, directions, and RunGo links are found in the Routes section at the end of each e-mail.  RunGo is a live, on-the-run navigation app we have found useful for way-finding, especially when we get on to more complicated routes. It’s certainly not required, but it’s a great tool if you are interested in turn-by-turn navigation.

Announcements and Shoutouts.  Just a reminder for all of us as we take off toward Hyde Park for the first time this year:  please be aware and considerate of the Londoners with whom we are sharing the pavements.  We can be unintentionally intimidating to pedestrians when we’re caught up in our run and our conversations– especially now, when no one is accustomed to seeing larger groups like us on the pavements around them!  Please make sure we don’t take the full width of the sidewalk when there are others around, and do give enough space that they don’t feel we’re running over them.  (And it goes without saying, do be careful at street crossings– don’t just follow the person or group in front of you into the intersection!)

If you are new and not finding the right pace group, please speak up!  We really want to help you find the people who are doing the pace and distance you’re looking for, but sometimes it might take more than one try to get it right.  Any of the returning runners can point you to someone who will be able to help.  And if you are a returning runner, try not to worry too much about established pace groups these first couple of weeks.  Everyone has a different summer running (or not running!) mode, and we each need to be careful to avoid injury by not trying to just pick up where we left off last spring.  Find the pace that is right for you right now, and there will be others who are running that pace.  If we take a couple of weeks to get back in the groove, our pace groups will begin to settle in naturally.  

The Cancer Research 10K London Summer Run is taking off as I finish writing this e-mail.  Good thoughts to all our WRW participants– I look forward to sending shoutouts next week!  Actually, since my phone just lit up with starting line photos, I’ll share a few below (feeling a kind of BBC Breaking News vibe, here)!   Please do keep us up-to-date on races or events you or a WRW friend are doing, and always feel free to send photos from any run– we have grown into such a big group, this is a good way to stay connected! 
In the next few weeks, our emails will talk about our training routine and introduce some of the people who make sure WRW is working (pace leaders, routes team, kit, the Race,  membership, beginners coaches, etc).  But we’re going to stick to the basics for another week:  meet, run, smile, stretch, drink coffee, and enjoy being back together!Looking forward to seeing you out there this week!  
xx Micki

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ROUTES
Monday 6 September  – Big Ben (2-8 miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/JDPjKnb1VC
This is a WRW standard, and such a fun route!  We run right through the heart of London and stop at the famous Big Ben. The 8 mile option is for runners who’ve been training for a fall race.
On Monday we head to Hyde Park via the usual route. Start heading west on Circus Road and turn left on Grove End 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 left to enter Hyde Park at the intersection with Stanhope Place.   Run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill. Run along the edge of Green Park, past the Victoria Memorial and cross The Mall at the traffic light. Run down The Mall and enter St. James Park.  Run over the bridge across the lake and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big Ben. Those running four miles will take the tube back to SJW from here and those running eight will turn around and follow the same route back.  You can also make it a five-mile run by turning back at Big Ben and running to the Green Park Tube Station, then tubing it home.2 mile alternate:  stop at Hyde Park and take the tube from Marble Arch3 mile alternate:  stop at Green Park and take the tube from Green Park

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Wednesday 8 September –Primrose Hill/Regents Park Loop (3-5 miles)
RunGo:
Start out as if we’re headed for the Heath, running down St Johns Wood Terrace until it reaches the T.  Turn left, then right, then left again at Avenue Rd.  At the crossing just a short distance up Avenue Rd, cross over and run down Elsworthy Rd a short distance until you see a small road on the right that ends in the entrance to Primrose Hill park.  Once in the park take the path that angles to the left, then bear right at the first fork and left at the second.  This will take you up for a fantastic view from the top of Primrose Hill.  After you’ve caught your breath, take the path that goes down on the right (if you are looking out toward London), then curve around to the left at the first split.  Follow this path all the way down the hill to the crossing at Prince Albert Rd.  Cross at the zebra and head straight into the park via the bridge and across the Outer Circle (NOT a zebra, please note!).  In Regents Park, take the path that angles to the left, running behind the zoo.  Cross the Broad Walk by the fountain and continue across on the path that heads toward, but not all the way to, the perimeter of the park.  Follow this to the far corner, and then turn right to run along the southern edge of the park, inside the fence.  Continue to follow this around  the boating pond to run across the little bridge at the far end of the pond, then bear right to follow the contour of the pond to its end.  Continue on the same path until it meets the diagonal path that runs behind the zoo (the same one we ran in on).  Turn left to follow that to its end and then turn left onto the Outer Circle and follow it for a short distance to the crossing at Charlbert.  Exit the park and take Charlbert to St Johns Wood Terrace to finish at our Starbucks/Pret corner of the High Street.3 mile alternate:  Rather than go out to the Broad Walk, curve around to the right and turn right to run straight past The Hub, between the fields, and straight out to Charlbert St.  Run 2 blocks and turn left on St. John’s Wood Terrace and head to Starbucks.4 mile alternate:  Rather than cross the Broad Walk, turn right and run straight, cross the road and keep going.  Turn right at the end and run straight, eventually getting to the water so it is on your right.  At the boathouse, curve to the right to go over the bridge and make your first left to get to the Charlbert entrance.  Run 2 blocks and turn left on St. John’s Wood Terrace and head to Starbucks.  

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Friday, 10 September – The Heath
There are multiple mileage options below, and the link will take you to all the maps.  
<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.