15 – 19 November 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
It’s always nice to pause at the weekend and think about the miles we covered together in the last week: an old favorite route (Finsbury Park), a fun new route to Victoria, and a Remembrance Day route that has to be one of the best themed London tours out there.  And such is the magic of running with you all, that I didn’t even remember it was rainy on Wednesday until I noticed wet pavement in the photos!  

Running this week.  This week we get to start with our run to Hampton Court Palace!  Please note: We do NOT meet at the St Johns Wood Church Gardens for this run!  We will meet at the Finchley and Frognal Overground Station (not the Finchley Road Underground Station!) at 8:30 to catch an 8:44 train.  See the “Routes” section below for full directions.  Please communicate on your chat so that Pace Leaders know who to look out for, and please be prompt, as the group can’t miss the train to wait for an individual.  We will arrive in Richmond to start the run at 9:25, so if you are thinking about timing you can figure your run time for 8 miles, whatever time you spend in the Tiltyard Cafe, and plan for a 35-40 minute train ride back to London Waterloo, plus time to tube home.  Trains from Hampton Court depart at :24 and :54 each hour.

But now for the fun part– with this run, not only do we get to relive half-marathon glory on a portion of last spring’s route, but we also have a new feature this time.  Erin Roth has struck again, tweaking the Richmond start of the run to make it ‘Ted Lasso Style!’  We will run by the pub, by Ted’s house, and past some other locations from the show.  Maybe we’ll all be inspired to tell the people we’re running with what we appreciate about them!  All credit to Erin for the fun idea and theme!  And if that’s not enough, Dinae Norris forwarded info on the Standing with Giants exhibition taking place on palace grounds at the moment:  it’s an art installation that includes more than 100 specially commissioned silhouettes of WWI soldiers, including Indian soldiers who camped on the grounds in 1919, when they traveled to the UK to participate in the victory parades.

After that eventful Monday, we will come back to being more local on Wednesday, with a loop in Regents Park.  And Friday we are finally headed back up the hill to the Heath!  Come on, you know you have missed it!

Shoutouts and Announcements.  Francesca Rangheri and Rebeca Ehrnrooth ran the Milton Keynes ‘Enigma Millenium Falcon’ Marathon Saturday (isn’t that a great name for a race?!).  Stephanie Gladis is running the Ravenna marathon on Sunday.  Abby Khatiblou, Clare Missin, Marigold Dooley, and Meredith Snizek are running the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon on Sunday.  And I believe Miki Neant is also running the Abbot Global Marathon locally on Sunday, after having competed in another Surrey League Cross Country race on Saturday.  Cheers for all of these runners, kudos for getting out there, and apologies if I’ve missed anyone (let me know)!

Please bear with us as we repeat here the Covid-related note you may have seen on your chats this week:
As Covid cases are on the rise in our community, we wanted to send around this reminder from the first WRW email of the year:  Please do not run with the group if you are experiencing covid symptoms or if someone in your household has tested positive.  
While UK guidance does not currently require a fully vaccinated person to isolate if a member of their household has Covid, we are asking this additional courtesy to help prevent widespread exposure in our community.  Though most of us should no longer be at great risk of serious illness from Covid, we cannot assume others, or their family members, are not vulnerable.  And with the holidays upon us and a myriad of plans hanging in the balance, we need to be mindful of how great an impact an exposure and a positive test could potentially have on another family– or multiple other families– if we are careless with our choices. 
This reminder is prompted by the rising number of cases in the local community, and the possibility that this trend may continue and even accelerate throughout the winter.  As always, we want to be here to support one another.  Please reach out to wrwlondon@gmail.com if you have any concerns or additional thoughts.  And if you do find yourself caring for a household member with Covid, and thus not running with us, also know that we will miss you during that time, and we are happy to support you in any way we can.

Looking ahead.  The Christmas Lights run is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 1 (a 6:00am start!).  It has been brought to our attention that the lights on Regents Street will be switched off from midnight to 2pm this year, so the angels will not be lit up in all their glory for our early morning run.  We think that was also the case last year, and the run was still great and there were lots of lights to see!  We’ll be doing a test run, however; and will let you know of any adjustments to the plan.  Also, start looking for your crazy tights!  The date is not officially on the calendar yet, but we traditionally have a colourful, crazy tights run around this time of year!

It’s going to be another great week for running together.  All of you showing up for yourselves and each other week after week is literally what makes WRW work, so I think I’ll get a head start on the Ted Lasso Style run and tell you all that ‘I appreciate you!’  Enjoy your Sunday!
xx Micki


ROUTES

Monday 15 November – Richmond to Hampton Court: Ted Lasso “I appreciate you” Run (6 or 8 mile option)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/hoLSzRNtLbMapMyRunhttps://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4735532848
We will meet at the “Finchley Road and Frognal Overground Station” at 8:30 for the 8:44 train to Richmond. We will arrive in Richmond around 9:25 to start our run. You can take a bus up Finchley Road to the station or take the tube to Finchley Road, turn left and walk up to the Overground Station.

Leave the Richmond Overground Station, cross the road just out of the station at the light and turn left. Turn right onto Duke Street (Sweaty Betty on the corner), then left onto Richmond Green road along the edge of the park. Follow straight along the Green (where scenes of pupils playing football were filmed) and you’ll come to a familiar sight from Ted Lasso: the two red phone boxes, the benches, and the pub (Crown & Anchor in the show, The Prince’s Head in real life). Go straight onto Paved Court and look for 11a, Ted’s home address. At the end of Paved Court turn right and turn left onto Friars Lane. Follow Friars Lane as it winds down to the river path.  

Now we stick to the river path along the Thames for the rest of our run. Shortly after the 2 mile mark you can look to the right and see Eel Pie Island, where some scenes from the show were filmed (and where Roy’s niece Phoebe tallies up of the number of curses he uses). Eventually we join Lower Ham Road. Keep right at the fork at Canbury Gardens, staying with the river just to your right. As you approach the center of Kingston you’ll run under a metal railway bridge; continue along as close to the Thames as possible until the next bridge, called Horse Fair Bridge. 

At the bridge you have two options — turn left into Kingston to stop at 6 miles, or cross the bridge to continue to Hampton Court Palace for 8 miles.

6-mile route: Go up the stairs on the near side of the Horse Fair bridge and turn left into town. Follow the road to the Kingston train station.

8-mile route: Go under the bridge and turn up the stairs and cross the river. Turn left at the end of the bridge onto a very pretty path called Barge Walk, which follows the river all the way to Hampton Court Palace. Once we arrive at the Palace and gather for coffee at the Tiltyard Cafe on the Palace grounds with lovely outdoor space (and indoor too in case of inclement weather!). Just cross the courtyard in front of the palace and then walk past the rose gardens to the cafe; no need to pay the Palace entrance fee.

Head back to London via Hampton Court train station. To get there, cross over the Thames on Hampton Court Bridge and the train station will be on your left. Be sure to check your travel sites to confirm the options for the trip home. There are usually local and express trains that go into London Waterloo.

Wednesday 17 November – Regent’s Park Inner/Outer Circle (5 miles)RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/BoeFK1Khvv
From the Church Gardens head down past the church and turn left onto Prince Albert Road. Run to the pedestrian crossing where we will cross and head to the Outer Circle. Turn right and run on the inside of the circle past Winfield House which will be on your left. Continue around the OuterCircle until you reach the traffic light at intersection with York Bridge. Turn left and proceed to the Inner Circle. Run one complete loop of the Inner Circle and back out across York Bridge where we will take a left and continue on Ulster Terrace which is part of the Outer Circle. At the next large intersection take a left and continue on the Outer Circle, heading north back towards the Zoo and Camden. Pass the entrance to the Zoo on your left and continue to the bridge at North Gate which we will cross to reach Charlbert Street. Run up Charlbert Street until St John’s Terrace where we turn left and run back to the High Street for a stretch before heading to Starbucks or Pret.
Note – you can make this a 4 mile run by cutting out the inner loop.

Friday 19 November – Hampstead Heath (4-8 miles)
It’s Friday, so we’re heading up the hill to the Hampstead Heath!  Choose your route with your group– the standard 6 miles, the Pergola, Highgate, the Betsy?  If you choose to run the 8-mile route around Kenwood House, be aware that a lights display is going up and it’s possible part of our route will not be accessible.  You can find all of our Heath routes here, but for convenience we’ll include one of the standard 6+ mile routes below.

4 miles:  A great way to ease into running up 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.

8 – 12 November 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Do I say the same thing every week?: What a fun week it has been!  It was cold, but we lucked out with bright sunshine each running morning.  And it was great to see runners mixing it up a little amongst the pace groups– it seemed like all week pace groups kept overtaking each other and getting great photos together, and some people opted to try running with a different group one day.  It is so rewarding and fun to get to know runners from all across WRW.  You can see more highlights from our colourful week in this 3-minute slideshow (thanks, Jen Iannazzo!).

Running this Week.  Monday we are doing a destination route with hills, to Finsbury Park.  Sometimes when we don’t get our hills in on Friday (we did Borough last week, and this Friday will also be a generally flat run), we like to throw in a hill or two on a different day.  It’s a great run, taking in the beautiful Parkland Walk, which may still have some colourful foliage and gives us the chance to visit the ‘Spriggan’ (Cornish fairy) sculpture embedded in the walls of an old railway arch. Supposedly, this sculpture and the Parkland Walk itself, provided the inspiration for Stephen King’s short story “Crouch End”.  If you’re not up for the full 7 miles yet, you could exit the run at Highgate Station, or perhaps take transport to start the run at Swiss Cottage or Hampstead.  On Wednesday we have a brand new route brought to you by Paola Di Meo, who has created a fresh way to get to Victoria, where we can take our pick of coffee spots before jumping on the tube to get back to SJW.  Or if you need a looped run on Wednesday, you can run with your group to Hyde Park, then meander back for the distance of your choice.  

And finally, on Friday, we have the annual Remembrance Run.  This amazing run tour was created a few years ago by route-master Erin Roth, and it is a meaningful and fascinating way to observe Remembrance Day and take in some of the history on our local streets.  Please take the time to look at Erin’s guide (attached below), which tells the story of the landmarks we pass.  I promise you will be moved and inspired by it– this is no ordinary run!  There are plenty of places to exit if you need to keep it shorter, but it also begs for many stops to check out the landmarks, so you may find it a good run for extending your mileage.  Enormous thanks to Erin for this special contribution to the WRW running repertoire!

Announcements and Shoutouts.  Sending big cheers out for Kelly Willis, who is running the New York City Marathon Sunday.  Good luck, Kelly!  And though we aren’t always able to keep up with all that our alums are doing, it did cross my chats this week that Becka Goldberg and Mariya Treisman are running the Newburyport half marathon in Massachusetts tomorrow.  So a good luck shoutout to these ladies as well!
Do let us know if you take on a race– or if you know a shy WRW runner who is doing so– so we can add cheers and kudos for them.

Christine Wilt is part of the organising group for the kids’ version of the Park Run series.  These 2k runs take place every Sunday morning at 9am at Paddington Recreation Ground for kids aged 4-14.  It is a fun, no-pressure environment for kids to try out running.  The organisation needs volunteers every week to help make the event work.  Find more information on the event here, and more on volunteering here!  

Save the Date.  We have some great runs coming up, including the Hampton Court Adventure Run, next Monday, November 15.  Don’t forget to block off the whole morning for this ‘adventure run,’ and be sure to save time on your calendar for these extra-special runs:
Mon., Nov. 15 – Hampton Court Adventure Run– Block off the full morning for this twice-yearly favourite route.  Take the Overground to Richmond for the 7-mile run to Hampton Court Palace (hopefully with coffee in the Tiltyard Cafe on palace grounds!), then take the train back via Waterloo.
Wed., Nov. 17 – The Wednesday Scramble— A new WRW social running event designed to mix it up a little bit!  Stay tuned for details!
Wed., Dec. 1 – The Christmas Lights Run— Kick off the holiday season with an early start to run to central London and view the holiday lights before dawn (and before the crowd descend!)  A WRW tradition!

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!    It’s going to be a great week for running together.  Can’t wait to see you in the park and on the pavements!
xx Micki

ROUTES


Monday, 8 November – Finsbury Park via Highgate and Parkland Walk (7 miles)

RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/OqSvoVYSBa
For this run we start up Fitzjohn’s as if we’re going to the Heath, but pass the Heath entrance and continue up Spaniards/Hampstead Lane into Highgate. Bear right onto Highgate High Street. Turn left down Southwood Lane (the road next to Gail’s) and go down the hill, then veer to the right (not a hard right turn!) onto Jackson’s Lane. Continue down Jackson’s to Archway Road and make a right, then a relatively quick left onto Holmesdale Road. Run a short distance on Holmesdale and the entrance to Parkland Walk will be on your left. Follow the path to Finsbury Park, cross over the train tracks, turn right and run along the western edge of the park and exit onto Seven Sisters Road. Happening Bagel is across the street, Costa is to the right, and Finsbury Park Station is further down on the right (on the Piccadilly and Victoria tube lines).

This route is a little trickier than most to cut short for less mileage, but the Highgate tube stop (Northern Line) is around the 5-mile mark on this run, so it is possible to catch the tube back to St Johns Wood.

Finsbury Park

Wednesday, 10 November – Hyde Park/Belgravia/Victoria (5.67 miles)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/qB5iJAnbET
Head out to Hyde Park, taking the usual route. At the silver orb turn right on N Carriage drive. Follow the path straight all the way and then turn left to W Carriage Drive. Keep following the path crossing the bridge reaching the exit of the park. Exit the park crossing Kensington road and enter Exibition Road (you’ll pass the London Imperial College on your left and the V&A Museum on you right).
At the end of Exhibition Road turn left onto Cromwell road. Cross at the traffic light to change side of the road and continue on Cromwell Road. Turn left to Beauchamp place, go straight until you’ ll see on your right Pavillon road. Follow Pavillon road until the end and  turn left to Sloane Square. Cross the square and head to Lower Sloane Street. Turn left on Pimlico Road and keep going straight until reaching Orange Square. Then turn left to Ebury Street. Go straight until  Grosvenor Gardens. With the Grosvenor Gardens on your right turn right and cross the road and then cross again to the left. Head inside the Nova food Complex if you are up for a coffee at Ole and Steen or  a doughnut from Crosstown. Victoria tube station is on your right. To make it 6 miles, take Buckingham Palace Road to Green Park tube station.


Friday, 12 November – Remembrance Day Run (9 miles, with stops)

RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/7qQw1Iwo3X
Don’t forget to look at the attached guide that accompanies this run and tells you about the sights we will be passing!
Head down Circus Road and cross Grove End Rd to Hall Rd. Remember Davies the dental surgeon at the corner of Hamilton Terrace. Run down the hill to the Sutherland roundabout, taking the left after the Warrington Pub onto Warrington Crescent. Keep an eye out to the left for the five tudor style houses on your left — this is the site of the WW1 bombing. Carry on down Warrington Crescent, past the Warwick Avenue Tube Station until you reach the bridge over the canal — and picture those incredible “Idle Women” making their way in narrowboats carrying crucial war supplies from London to the industrial north and back again. Straight on to the tunnel that goes under the Westway, then over the curving metal pedestrian bridge to run alongside Paddington Station. You’ll pass a Paddington Bear statue on your right — a reminder of those young evacuees. Keep Paddington Station to your right as you leave the canal area, cross Praed St, cross Sussex Gardens and continue straight down London St until you come to a small roundabout with a Fuller’s pub ahead on the left. Turn left in front of the pub onto Strathearn Pl, right onto Clarendon Pl, and cross at the zebra crossing into Hyde Park, which would have had a very different feel during the two wars. Cross N Carriage Dr, the sandy horse trail and the hard path paralleling it, and then take the SECOND angled path to the left to head towards the eastern edge of Hyde Park — the goal is to get to the corner we always exit the park from onto Hyde Park Corner. There are a few path options but as long as you angle left here you will eventually end up in familiar territory. Cross into Hyde Park Corner with its four war memorials. After taking a look, cross at the traffic light as normal to Green Park, but turn left in the park to get to the Bomber Command Memorial inside its columned portico. Continue for a very short distance past the memorial and the path forks to the right — it is signposted “Buckingham Palace”. Follow this path towards the palace. At the open area where many paths meet and a large Victorian lamppost stands, turn right towards the palace. You’ll pass a modern, low-built Canadian war memorial in the grass to your the left — it isn’t in the write-up but is something to visit sometime. Continue towards the palace, across the top of St James Park and left on Birdcage Walk. There is a long iron fence that runs along the right side of the road. Just after the gate marked with the “Wellington Barracks” sign in blue you will see the side of the rebuilt Guards’ Chapel with its low bell tower. Continue to Parliament Square with the statue of Churchill, then turn left onto Whitehall. The Cenotaph is in the center of the road and shortly after that you will come to the Women of World War Two Memorial. Continue up Whitehall to Trafalgar Sq and stay on the right side of the road while edging around the right side of Trafalgar Square. Shortly after St Martin-in-the-Fields you will see the Edith Cavell Memorial, opposite the National Portrait Gallery. Use the crossings to get across to the Portrait Gallery, go around to the right of the Portrait Gallery onto the angled Irving St that becomes a pedestrian way into Leicester Square. Cross Leicester Sq on the diagonal and take a right after the big clock and M&M World onto Wardour St. Follow Wardour St all the way up to Oxford St. This will likely be a very busy stretch of the run…be careful of pedestrians and cars! At Oxford St, look across at the Next store, housed in the grand Bourne & Hollingsworth department store building with its handsome green window panels. Continue straight across Oxford St onto Berners St, left on Mortimer St, right on Langham Pl, right on Park Crescent, across Marylebone and into Regent’s Park. Follow along the right side of Regent’s Park and emerge onto the Broad Walk. The ‘Home Depot’ would have been nearby buzzing with mail distribution 101 years ago. Cross the Outer Circle at the traffic light, across the canal, left to Primrose Hill. Run across Primrose Hill to the gate at St Edmund’s Terrace, and proceed to Starbucks as normal.

1 – 5 November 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners,
It’s been a busy week for WRW, with our fun Fall Coffee at Regent’s Park Bar and Grill Wednesday, and our (partially rained out) Halloween Run on Friday.  Also, between ongoing Berlin hotel reservations, the race signup, and our exciting WRW kit order, you have received about five times the normal e-mail communication from us!  Thank you for your brilliant response rate– it really does help with the planning.

Running this week.  Monday we will run to Kensington High Street via Brompton Cemetery for our rescheduled Costume Run.  It’s All Saints Day– the day after Halloween– when some faiths and cultures visit the graves of family members.  When the rain was falling heavily early Friday morning, we sent word round through the pace group leaders to reschedule our costume run for Monday, so check your chats to see who will be in costume on the ‘makeup’ run on Monday!  The Brompton Cemetery is one of the Royal Parks, and has been open as not only a cemetery, but also a public park, since 1840.  Over 200,000 people are buried there, including such notables as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (her grave is on the main path near the exit). You can find some of the cemetery’s fascinating history and a map here.  The run ends on the Kensington High Street, which gives us many options for coffee, from Whole Foods to Ole and Steen or Joe and the Juice!  Wednesday we are running the 5.5-mile Kensal Rise loop.  And Friday we have the 6-mile Borough Market run, which we will be putting on the schedule for the first Friday of each month.

2022 WRW Half Marathon in Berlin– now on a WAITLIST basis!  Your enthusiasm for the spring half marathon has been off the charts– we’ve literally never had such a huge and immediate response!  We have now reached capacity for event space, which is why we have closed the Google Form RSVPs for the WRW trip.  From this point we will keep a waitlist of people who would like to join the trip.  If you did not complete the RSVP but would like to be added to the waitlist, please e-mail tripmaster Sue Wheeler.  Note that registration for the race itself is still open.  If you have told us you are coming on the trip, please be sure to register for the half marathon itself before it sells out!  And please remember our longstanding WRW policy of no non-runners on the trip.  This is a special weekend for WRW runners to share with the women they run alongside throughout the year.  Do get in touch with us if you have any questions about this or anything else to do with the race plan.  We will shortly be moving all race communications to a separate mailing list of those who have signed up. 

Training note: background on routes and mileage.  We are still in base-building mode of our training, so we should be enjoying runs that are a comfortable pace and distance for us– perhaps building toward being comfortable with a 6-mile base by winter break, if you will be training for the half marathon.  We are a big group, with many different types of runners, all running with different objectives and fitness levels (but pause here a moment to reflect on how fantastic our general fitness level is!).  That’s why we offer routes each week that fit our general training plan but can be adjusted in length depending on your own needs.  When the routes team plans our calendar, they are looking at at least four years’ worth of previous runs, as well as the general training plan.  The mileage will never be something we haven’t done at this point in the year in previous years, and we will always try to mention options for shortening the run either in this note or in the routes section.  In addition, they are trying to fit in all the old favorites, and also trying to think of new routes, destinations and fun ideas.  They consider whether a route offers any nonstop running, and if possible, they consider traffic, detours, and any other complications.  This is definitely not to say pace groups or parts of pace groups can’t do their own thing from time to time!— it’s great to come up with your own ideas or redo routes that make you happy!  It’s just to give you the perspective on what goes into the routes you see published here each week.

One of the most beautiful things about this group is that we encompass everything from the most casual of beginning runners all the way to ultrarunners and semi-elites– and we all support each other, cheer for one another, and share this community built around running.  If you are newer to the group, or on the casual end of things, it may seem daunting to see the longer runs posted.  But there are always ways to make those runs shorter, and no one in this running group will ever judge a runner for taking the shorter route or for running whatever pace is comfortable for them.  At the other end of things, some runners extend the routes, or turn the destination runs into out-and-back runs; and it is wonderful that we so often get to see them on our routes even when it means they have to consider how to adapt them to meet their training goals.

Shoutouts and announcements.  Congratulations to Anna Zlateva on finishing her virtual NYC marathon last weekend!  And a shoutout to Miki Neant for her guide-running support for Irish ultrarunner Sinead Kane in last week’s 24-hour race in Gloucester.  Finally, one further shoutout for Phil Kelvin, who set a new course record in the W70 category at the Cabbage Patch 10-Mile Race two weeks ago!  Amazing!  Apologies if I’ve missed any runs or races this week.  Do let us know if you have a notable run coming up, or if you’ve just completed one!

More thank you’s for some of the people who have done so much to make the last week exciting for us all.  Magali Kivatinetz organized such a great coffee in Regents Park– the venue, the food, and the coffee were all fantastic!  Thank you, Magali!  And huge appreciation to kitmaster Marissa O’Malia, who not only managed to secure kit for us despite the challenges everywhere this year, but also has done countless rounds of design and numbers e-mails with suppliers.  Most of all, even now Marissa is trying to secure specific kit items to match demand with the limited supply we mentioned in the kit e-mail.  She is like a high-end personal shopper for kit– with hundreds of clients!  

Save the Date.  Be sure to save time on your calendar for these extra-special runs/events!
Fri., Nov. 12 – The Remembrance Run– Annual WRW running tour in honor of Remembrance Day (Nov. 11).
Mon., Nov. 15 – Hampton Court Adventure Run– Block off the full morning for this twice-yearly favourite route.  Take the Overground to Richmond for the 7-mile run to Hampton Court Palace (hopefully with coffee in the Tiltyard Cafe on palace grounds!), then take the train back via Waterloo.
Wed., Nov. 17 – The Wednesday Scramble— A new WRW social running event designed to mix it up a little bit!  Stay tuned for details!
Wed., Dec. 1 – The Christmas Lights Run— Kick off the holiday season with an early start to run to central London and view the holiday lights before dawn (and before the crowd descend!)  A WRW tradition!

Happy Halloween to all!  Hopefully the rain will clear out for any festivities around St Johns Wood this evening.  But meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep last night and are warm and dry this morning.  See you out on the pavements this week!

xx Micki

ROUTES
Monday, 1 November – Brompton Cemetery to Kensington High Street (6.5 miles)

RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/Sv1mfzlEl2
We start out the normal way to Hyde Park. Once you enter the park, turn left and run along the east side of the park. At Hyde Park Corner turn right and run along the south side exiting at the gate we normally use at William Street [next to the French Embassy]. Cross the street, take a right. Turn left at Brompton Road (just past the tube) and take Brompton all the way (admiring Harrods as you pass) until Fulham Road. Veer left on Fulham Road and continue to Brompton Cemetery – with its black wrought iron gates and a red phone box on either side. Turn right to enter the Cemetery. Run through the Cemetery then exit and turn right onto Old Brompton Road, then turn left onto Earls Court Road. Cross Cromwell Road, then turn right onto Cromwell Road and then turn left onto Marloes Road. Continue north on Marloes making your way through the streets to Kensington High Street. Whole Foods will be to your right.

To shorten this route, try running straight across Hyde Park, going straight at the silver sphere and exiting the park directly on the other side at William Street.  This cuts approximately half a mile from the route.  Other suggestions could be to walk across the cemetery and take in the sights, then carry on with the last part of the run as a cool-down; or walk the last bit of the route to the High Street.  The Earl’s Court tube station is along the route should you want to exit early– with the shortcut across Hyde Park, Earl’s Court should be just over the 5-mile mark.

Wednesday, 3 November – Kensal Rise (5.5 miles)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/1rhb3AdSh7
This route takes us along the canal to the west. Please be aware of bikes along the canal and form a single file whenever you hear someone call out ‘bike!”.

Start out heading west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End Road, then right on St John’s Wood Road at the traffic light. Then 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.)

Friday, 5 November – Borough Market (6 miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/6U5vDjwEEA
We start by heading to Hyde Park via the usual route. Head west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End Road. At the corner of St. John’s Wood Road and Grove End Road, cross diagonally at the light and continue south on Lisson Grove. Cross over Marylebone Road and continue south on Seymour Place until it tees into Seymour Street. 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. Run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill. Run past the Victoria Memorial, cross The Mall at the light and turn right at the grand wrought iron gates into St. James Park. Run over the pond and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big Ben. Continue past Big Ben and cross Westminster Bridge. After the bridge turn left down the stairs to run along the Thames until the river path ends after Southwark Bridge. Just past Southwark Bridge, head right and then a quick left to go into a short tunnel that puts you onto Clink Street. Make a right on Stoney Street to get to the market (and Monmouth Coffee!).

The Westminster tube station is at the 4-mile mark on this route if you need an early exit.  Or, if you are looking for a shorter run but still want to end at Borough Market, try taking the tube to Westminster or Green Park and intercepting your group at the desired location along the route.

25 – 29 October 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
It was another great week to run together in London!  From the Parks to the Pergola to Peggy Porschen, we covered a lot of ground.  And thanks to everyone who went a couple of extra miles Thursday morning to cheer for the Beginners Class of 2022 as they made their first run to Big Ben– you gave them a great moment with the surprise, and a first glimpse of the kind of community they are joining!  
Running this week.  Monday it’s time for an old favorite route to Tower Hill.  It’s a beautiful 7-mile route that basically follows our Borough Market run but then continues along the South side of the Thames to Tower Bridge and across, to end at the Tower of London.  From there you can take the tube at Tower Hill, or it’s an easy walk back to London Bridge tube station for a direct line to St Johns Wood.  You can also exit the route at Borough (London Bridge tube) for 6 miles, or Westminster for 4 miles.  On Wednesday we will follow the first half of the Camden/Mornington Crescent route, then circle through Regent’s Park and around the boating pond to end at the Regent’s Park Bar and Kitchen for an all-WRW coffee (with thanks to our special consultant for coffee procurement, Magali Kivatinetz, for setting it up).  There will be space inside, as well as plenty of room outside, so come and enjoy hanging out with runners from all the pace groups– we will celebrate the prospect of our Berlin running weekend next spring, and there may even be a few small prizes on offer from our race boss Sue!  

And finally, Friday– don’t miss the annual Halloween run!  Extra points if you show up in costume for this run to the scenic Hampstead Cemetery, on your choice of a 6- or a 7-mile route (or another option is to hop on the Jubilee line at West Hampstead).  How creative can you be??  

Shoutouts and Announcements.  Anna Zlateva is running the Virtual TCS New York City Marathon today in London!  Good luck, Anna — we are cheering you as we read this!  Meanwhile, as I write, Miki Neant is guide-running again for Irish endurance runner Sinead Kane in the Gloucester 24-hour Elite Track Race.  As with the Battersea event a few weeks ago, this race runs nonstop from 10am Saturday until 10am Sunday, and Miki will likely run with Sinead for many of those hours.  

Congratulations and great job in the Oxford Half Marathon last weekend to Jess Browne, Darcy Fautz, Alysia Hoyt and Carmine Najjar!  And congratulations to Phil Kelvin on finishing the Cabbage Patch 10-Mile Race last Sunday.  

Hopefully you all received the Berlin Half hotel email (let us know right away if not), and you are signed up for the race and have reserved a room!  Do reach out if you have any questions.  And, as mentioned in last week’s email, Marissa is ready to hit ‘send’ on the WRW kit order e-mail.  Look for that in the next day or two, and be sure to read it carefully and respond promptly if you want to order an annual shirt or other kit this year, as our stock has been significantly limited by the ongoing global supply chain issues.
Speaking of global issues, please do continue to take care of one another as we enter colder weather and Covid cases continue to rise in the UK.  Most of our time together is spent outside, and most of us are fully vaccinated; so hopefully incidences in WRW will remain extremely low.  But it’s a good idea to take a lateral flow test from time to time.  If you should happen to test positive, please let us, your pace leaders or the women you ran with know right away.  Fully vaccinated people do not have to self-isolate after an exposure, but it is important for them to know they’ve been exposed, so they can monitor and test themselves.  When we have had cases in the group so far this has worked well, and we are grateful for how conscientious you all have been!

Save the Date.  Be sure to save time on your calendar for these extra-special runs/events!

Fri., Nov. 12 – The Remembrance Run– Annual WRW running tour in honor of Remembrance Day (Nov. 11).
Mon., Nov. 15 – Hampton Court Adventure Run– Block off the full morning for this twice-yearly favourite route.  Take the Overground to Richmond for the 7-mile run to Hampton Court Palace (hopefully with coffee in the Tiltyard Cafe on palace grounds!), then take the train back via Waterloo.

It should be a fun week– with great seasonal destinations, the buzz of a race and some new kit to think about, and a WRW social to enjoy!  I look forward to seeing you in the park– happy running!
xx Micki


ROUTES

Monday 25 October – Tower Hill (7.1 miles, or options for 4- or 6-mile routes)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/eckLcQj4pf
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, passing through the tunnel. You are now on Tooley Street. Shortly, you will see a Legible London standing road sign for Tooley St/London Bridge (photo below) – turn left and go through the passage to meet up with Queen’s Walk/Thames Path. Turn right onto the walk. 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!

If you don’t want to do the full 7 miles yet, you can simply end at Borough Market for 6 miles, or stop at Westminster for 4 miles.

Wednesday 27 October – Camden Lock/Mornington Crescent/Regent’s Park Coffee (5.15 Miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/3Oz5Lz9hEF
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 (alternatively, turn right just at the bottom of the bridge and go through the opening between the buildings to get to Arlington Road). At the first intersection with Jamestown Road take a right after crossing 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 right 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 stay on the path on the far right (east side) of the park. After you cross Chester Road, take a left on the second path and follow it, keeping toward the boating lake and running around it all the way to York Bridge, where we will turn left and run to the Inner Circle. Cross the road, turn left, and run the short distance to the cafe.

Friday 29 October – HALLOWEEN RUN! – Hampstead Cemetery (7.1 or 6 miles)
RunGo link:   https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/aVzrkOhVjU (7.1 mile route)
From the Church Gardens, head straight out to run up Cochrane St.  Turn left on Acacia and cross Wellington Rd.  Turn right on Loudoun and run until it ends at a traffic circle.  Turn left on Belsize Rd and then a quick right to head onto Fairhazel Gardens.  Take your first left onto Goldhurst Terrace and then a left when it curves around.  Turn right on Prior Rd and run to the end, turning left onto Broadhurst Gardens.  Take the next right onto West End Lane and run about half a mile, taking care to avoid pedestrians as much as you can.  Keep West End Green on your right and when the Green ends, turn left onto Fortune Green Rd.  When the street bears right, cross and enter Fortune Green Park.  Run straight through and enter the narrow pathway that leads to the cemetery.  Take the first entrance on the left and run a loop to the left around the cemetery chapel side.  Then cross the path to take a loop around the other side, running straight and then turning left just before the street exit.  There you will find the lovely Art Deco Bianchi monument as you circle through.  Once back on the cemetery road, turn right (you’ll see the chapel) and then turn right again to continue on the path you were on from Fortune Green.  Follow this path to the end, between school playing fields, and turn left to follow it out.  Once on the street, turn left to get on a path (you’ll see bike entry barriers) that takes you along the far side of the playing fields.  At the end of the path, continue straight onto Somali Rd, then jog left and then right to get onto Sarre Rd.  At the end, turn right onto Mill Lane (larger street).  Take a left onto Fordwych Rd.  At the end, turn right onto Maygrove Rd and then a left onto Kilburn High Rd.  Again, take care to avoid pedestrians.  Run a few blocks and turn left onto Netherwood St.  At the top of the hill, turn right onto the aptly named Hilltop Rd then left onto Hemstal Rd.  At West End Lane, cross and turn right and then a quick left onto Cleve Rd.  Turn right onto Priory and the second left onto Goldhurst Terrace.  Keep left onto Aberdare Gardens.  At the end, turn right onto Fairhazel Gardens and go straight across Belsize Rd.  Jog left and then right to get back onto Loudoun.  At the top of the hill, turn left onto Boundary Rd and cross over Finchley Rd.  Turn right onto St. John’s Wood Park and take that to St. John’s Wood Terrace.  Turn right and finish at Starbucks.

For a 6-mile option, begin the run as above, but after you run the two small loops in the cemetery, exit as you came in, and follow West End Lane until it meets Abbey Road.  Turn left onto Abbey and follow it back to St Johns Wood, then turn left on Grove End Road to head for the SJW High Street and a coffee.  If you need to keep the run even shorter, you can hop on the tube at West Hampstead for just over 4 miles.

18 – 22 October 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Or maybe I should say, Guten Tag!  I hope you are as excited as we are about the race announcement yesterday!  Tripmaster Sue Wheeler has worked tirelessly to bring us to this point– vetting options, establishing contacts, negotiating with hotels– all things that make my head explode.  So I want to start out the email today with a huge “Thank You!” to Sue for bringing us the WRW Half Marathon 2022!   (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check yesterday’s email and your spam folder– and let us know if you did not receive the race announcement!).  Also, thanks to everyone who reached out to express appreciation to Sue– I know it means a lot to hear your excitement about the plans in the works!
Running this Week.  This week we will start off with a Hyde Park run on Monday.  There are route options from 4 to 8 miles, all described and with links in the Routes section below.  We often run through Hyde Park on our way to other destinations, but sometimes it’s nice to just make the park the star of the show and take in the full lap.  Wednesday we will take a lap around Regents Park before jumping on the canal headed east to the Wall, and then turning back to finish at Coal Drops Yard for a coffee.  If you need to do a loop back to St Johns Wood instead, just jump right on the canal and run the 6-mile loop to the Wall and back.  And Friday we go back up the hill for a run through the beautiful Pergola.

Training notes.  Now that we have a firm date for the half marathon, we will refine and publish our basic training plans (standard and gradual) for you in the next week or two.  These are based on the plans created by our founder, Paula Mitchell; and they have helped hundreds of women to thousands of half-marathon finishes through the years!  Many of you have trained independently for races of all kinds, and you have undoubtedly found or created training plans that work for you, but it is still helpful for all to be able to see what we are basing our weekly schedule on.  Meanwhile, as we are in the base-building phase, we continue to offer routes that give you flexibility in mileage, both to meet you where you are at the moment in your training and to accommodate those who do not want to do longer runs.  This gets a little harder when our training runs get longer, but there is almost always a way to come along for a shorter run if you are creative with public transport!

Shout outs and Announcements.  Great job to our runners who did the Royal Parks Half Marathon last week: Marigold Dooley, Clementine Drackett, Francesca Seibel, Meredith Snizek and Katie Zolnierz– well done!  On Saturday, Kelly Willis and Miki Neant ran the Surrey League Cross Country race in Richmond; while their fellow 8, Elin Anderson, ran the Dunwich Suffolk trail marathon with her mom, Jenny (together they are running a marathon every weekend in October for charity).  
Sunday we have another group running the Oxford Half Marathon– good luck to Jess Browne, Darcy Fautz, Alysia Hoyt and Carmine Najjar!  We look forward to seeing photos of what must be a beautiful race.  And Phil Kelvin will be running the Cabbage Patch 10-Mile Race– a longstanding and famous event beginning and ending in Twickenham, and taking in the Thames River paths to Kingston and Richmond.  Good luck to everyone!

Look for an important email coming soon from kitmaster Marissa O’Malia, who has been working hard on designing and procuring another set of irresistible WRW kit for the 2021-2022 running year!  You have probably noticed that we are having worldwide supply chain disruptions and shortages, so huge kudos to Marissa and team for securing us our kit earlier this fall.  What this does mean for us is that we had to do a pre-order based on past years’ kit demand, so we will have a limited number of items and sizes.  Be sure to order right away when the email arrives to secure the items you want in the sizes you need!

Save the Date.  Be sure to save time on your calendar for these extra-special runs/events!
Wed., Oct. 27 – All-WRW Coffee— The run will be a fairly local route, ending at the Regents Park Cafe for all-WRW coffee.
Fri., Oct. 29 – The Annual WRW Halloween run— We will roll out an appropriately themed route, so start thinking about your costumes– but don’t forget you have to run in it!
Fri., Nov. 12 – The Remembrance Run– Annual WRW running tour in honor of Armistice Day (Nov. 11).
Mon., Nov. 15 – Hampton Court Adventure Run– Block off the full morning for this twice-yearly favourite route.  Take the Overground to Richmond for the 7-mile run to Hampton Court Palace (hopefully with coffee in the Tiltyard Cafe on palace grounds!), then take the train back via Waterloo.
After a week away from you all, I can’t wait to see your faces in the park this week!  (And for anyone new to WRW, if we haven’t met yet– I would love it if you would find me and say hi sometime!). It’s a great time of year to enjoy our base-building runs together, remembering to be grateful that we are, indeed, running together this year!  Have a great weekend, everyone!
xx Micki

ROUTES

Monday 18 October – Hyde Park (4-8 miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/ybk4zOsBh9 (6-mile route)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/VTrc0Y0EdT (8-mile route)
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—you’ll see a silver orb just inside the Park.

for 5 miles: After entering the Park, run straight 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.
for 6 miles: Upon entering the park, turn right at the silver sphere and run until you meet N Carriage Road where you turn left. Run down to the Serpentine, crossing over the bridge then left to run along the Serpentine. At the end of the Serpentine, turn left over the bridge and make your way to the eastern edge of the park before exiting at the Upper Brook St/Animals in 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.
for 6.5 miles: 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 with the water on your left (it turns into the Serpentine), at the bridge turn right and then a quick left to run along the southern edge of the park. Then turn left 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.
for 8 miles: Upon entering the park, turn right at the silver sphere and run straight, over N Carriage Road and follow all the way to the last gate on the right. Exit the park at that gate, turn left, then left again through the grand gate onto Kensington Palace Gardens. Turn left at the end of this road onto Kensington High St, then left again into the park at the SECOND gate into the park. Run along the southern edge of the park towards Hyde Park Corner, then turn left on the eastern edge and exit at Upper Brook St/Animals in War exit. After you cross Park Ln, make your first left onto Park St and keep going until you get to Park Rd. Bear left onto Park Rd, then right on Kent Passage into the Outer Circle where you will turn left. After you pass Winfield House exit the park to the left, run up Charlbert St and make your way back to Starbucks.

The Hyde Park 6.5 mile route

Wednesday 20 October – Coal Drops Yard via the Wall (5 Miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/0MK1528hq3
Run down Wellington Road and curve around to cross at the crosswalk as usual.  Run down to the mosque and turn left to enter Regents Park.  Cross into the park and turn right to run along the path that will lead you to the boating lake.  Stay on that path until the English Gardens where you turn left.  Run straight through, crossing the road and continuing straight all the way to the Outer Circle.  Cross the road and at the other side of the bridge, turn right along the road and then a quick right to head down onto the canal.  Run along the canal towards Camden.  Turn left into Camden Market and run around the food stalls to get back onto the canal.  Continue along the canal all the way until The Wall.  Touch The Wall (per WRW custom!) and turn around.  Exit at the wide green steps to get to Coal Drops Yard and find a new coffee spot for your group to celebrate another great run!

Friday 22 October – The Heath Pergola (6.3 miles)
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.  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: 


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).

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.

11 – 15 October 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Today’s e-mail comes to you from Boston, where the air is buzzing with marathon energy ahead of Monday’s rescheduled Boston Marathon.  Between that and having had the opportunity to reconnect this morning with WRW London friends who now live in Boston, I find myself especially grateful today for the friendships and fun our running community brings to our lives!  Thank you for being a part of it:)

Running this Week.  This week is a short one, with ASL fall break on Monday and Tuesday, so we don’t schedule a regular run.  Instead, use your Whatsapp chats to set up your meeting time and place OR go crazy and do it like we did back in the not-so-distant days before Whatsapp– just show up at the SJW Church Gardens at 8:30 and run wherever you like with whomever else shows up!  Wednesday we are doing a standard loop route we haven’t done yet this year, the 6-mile Notting Hill route, which goes out on the canal to the west, exits at Ladbroke Grove and crosses the famous Portobello Road before turning back toward Paddington.  And Friday we are going back up to the Heath because, that’s right, Fridays we run hills!  This week we’re featuring again the short and sweet Betsy route and the longer but lovely Highgate route.

Shoutouts and Announcements.  Another giant huzzah for our seven ladies who ran the London marathon last week:  Laura Beal, Jess Browne, Stephanie Gladis, Clare Missin, Miki Neant, Charlotte Sinclair and Kelly Willis!  You are some seriously strong, awesome runners, and it was a privilege to go out and cheer you running London (or send long-distance cheers for Miki running Nice!).  This weekend will include more race vibes and WRW spirit, as Marigold Dooley, Clementine Drackett, Francesca Seibel, Meredith Snizek and Katie Zolnierz are running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday.  The race starts in waves from 9am, and runs around St James Park and through Green Park before running around and around in Hyde Park (see course map here) so it’s a great one to go spectate and cheer.  We also have several women running a half marathon next weekend in Oxford, so the cheering will continue!
One operating note– please try to be prompt to arrive at the St Johns Wood Church Gardens for an 8:20 departure in the mornings.  Some groups may, indeed, linger in the park beyond that time, but others may want to leave promptly because of group members’ other commitments.  If you have a consistent conflict that makes it hard to arrive bang-on time, then speak with your pace leaders and we can try to work out a solution.  If you are late in a one-off situation, message the group– maybe you can meet them along the route, or maybe they will have the flexibility to wait a few minutes.  But for the most part, please don’t expect your group to wait if you are consistently late.

Save the Date.  Mark your calendars for a couple of fun events coming up!
Wed., Oct. 27 – All-WRW Coffee— Stay tuned for details on this post-run event.
Fri., Oct. 29 – The Annual WRW Halloween run— We will roll out an appropriately themed route, so start thinking about your costumes– but don’t forget you have to run in it!

Hope you are having a beautiful weekend, wherever it finds you.  Can’t wait to meet up and head out for a run together again soon!
xx  Micki

ROUTES
Monday, 11 October – ASL School Break, no official run
Meet up on your own to do a runners’ choice route!

Wednesday, 13 October – Notting Hill (6+ miles)
Start out heading west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End to St John’s Wood Road and go west, turning left on Cunningham then right on Aberdeen to work your way to Blomfield Rd.  Run along the sidewalk all the way down Blomfield to and across the Westbourne Terrace bridge.Turn right 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 then run down Ladbroke Grove to Elgin Crescent and make a left. Cross Portobello Road and continue on what is now Colville Terrace until it meets Ledbury Road where we turn right and then left at Westbourne Grove. Run down Westbourne Grove to the top of Bishop’s Bridge, then left down the steps into Sheldon Square (across from the Paddington Station entrance). Stay along the canal to where you entered, then run back on Blomfield to SJW and Starbucks.  (Note that the route is slightly shorter than shown because it begins at the Church Grounds, but you can also shorten it by walking the last little bit into SJW if you want to keep it to 6!)

Friday, 15 October – The Heath (4 – 8 miles)

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 Betsy (5 miles)
RunGo for The Betsy option:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/dkhuleD0zF
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).

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.

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.

4 – 8 October 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
Way to go this week, WRW– it obviously takes more than some soggy weather to dampen our spirits!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one).  I think those who made it out found the Monday Brick Lane and the Friday Borough Market runs were worth getting rained on a bit.  And, of course, Wednesday around Regents Park we had a reprieve with blue skies (and a few pink tutus).  It seems like pace groups are settling in well, and everyone has found a good group to run with– but as always, please let us know if you are having trouble finding your place.  

Running this Week.  On Monday we have a great run to the Whole Foods in Piccadilly Circus. Though the route begins along the canal like last Monday’s Brick Lane run, we exit at the Wall and run along Farringdon Road all the way to the Thames, then along the Embankment and through Trafalgar Square to Piccadilly, where you can finish at Whole Foods, or any number of coffee shops nearby (Soho Grind, Hideaway Coffee, etc.). The entire route is 6.5 miles but you can also take the tube from Blackfriars or Temple for 5 miles, or Embankment for 5.75 miles.  Wednesday we will do the Primrose Hill and Regents Park route, for just over 5 miles (or can be whatever fits your mileage needs).  And Friday we will head back up the hill to do the Heath route of your choice.  Maps, directions and links can be found in the Routes section below.

London Marathon.  Sunday is maybe the most exciting run day of the year in our city:  the London Marathon!  WRW will have several runners participating this year.  Bear with me as I try to run through the logistics:  Kelly Willis, Stephanie Gladis and Charlotte Sinclairwill be running the “mass event,” traditional marathon along the Official London Marathon course beginning at 9:30 (Kelly) and 10:00 (Stephanie and Charlotte). Meanwhile, beginning at 8:00 am, Laura Beal, Jess Browne, and Clare Missin will be running the virtual event on a great course they designed (see here for map).  And finally, Miki Neant will be running the virtual event early tomorrow in France, along the marathon course between Nice and Cannes.  If you are lucky enough to be in the neighborhood to cheer her on, please reach out and we’ll try to get you more information!
While the official marathon website is encouraging people to follow the mass race from home via BBC coverage and the live tracking app you can use to follow your runners (more on the app and downloading it here); spectators will be allowed along the course, but are asked not to gather in large groupings.  It is great fun to go out and cheer, and though in the past we’ve organised big cheering groups, it seems better this year to encourage people to form some smaller squads and go out more independently.  In past years we have found some good viewing spots along the course:  near Surrey Quays (overground, or accessed from Canada Water tube with 8-min walk) for a good view along Lower Road between miles 8.5-9;  near Limehouse (on the DLR), where the course loops around and you can see them at mile 14 and 21;  at South Quay (also DLR) where you can see them at both 15.5 and 18 miles; and finally, at Embankment, where you can see them heading in toward the finish around mile 25!  Use the tracking app to help predict when/where to intercept our mass London Marathon runners Kelly, Charlotte and Stephanie!
We won’t have the ability to track our virtual marathoners Laura, Jess and Clare, but we do have a great estimate of approximately when they will hit various landmarks on their route.  As you’ll see on their map, they are beginning at the Regents Park Benugo on the Inner Circle at 8:00am, and expecting to finish at Eaton Square at around 1:00pm.  Some time landmarks will be the following:  Hyde Park Sphere (1.5 miles) about 8:15, River Thames at the end of Church Street/Chelsea (4.5 miles) at about 8:50, Barnes Bridge (11.8 miles) about 10:10, south side of Westminster Bridge (20.5 miles) at about 11:40, and Hyde Park Corner (25.3 miles) at about 12:40.  The full list is included in the ‘London Virtual Marathon’ (attachment below).  There will be groups of 10s running with them for segments, and biking along as support– and all are welcome and encouraged to come out and cheer them on!  
Good luck and ALL the happy running vibes to our marathoners!  We are so proud of you!
Shoutouts and Announcements.
  Congratulations to Katie Zolnierz, Laura Beal and Clare Missin, who ran the Hackney Half last weekend!  And next weekend we have at least a couple of runners doing the Royal Parks Half Marathon, so the race streak will continue!  Let us know if you are planning to run, so we can shout it out next week!
A very big thank you goes out to Jen Iannazzo, who, in addition to welcoming new members and keeping our lists, has now wonderfully agreed to help me curate photos for the email each week!  It’s a fiddly job, with a constantly changing array of tech issues– but also rewarding as she will get to comb through all the gorgeous photos of the week.  I am grateful for the help from Jen, and we are all grateful to our photographers who snap and send us the shots each week.  At the moment, the best way to get photos into our files is to e-mail them to wrwlondon@gmail.com.
We also have a few additional pace group leaders to introduce:  Katie Zolnierz and Clare Missin will be joining the 10s pace leader crew, and Shakha Mehta and Jeanne Jermyn are joining the 11s pace leaders.  Thanks to these ladies for taking on the role!
Save the Date.  We have a couple of fun items coming up later this month:
Wed., Oct. 27 – All-WRW Coffee— Race Boss/Tripmaster Sue Wheeler and ‘Coffeemeister’ Magali Kivatinetz (yup, just made up that title on the spot!) are working on a post-run WRW-wide coffee you won’t want to miss!  Stay tuned for details, and keep a spot in your calendar!
Fri., Oct. 29 – The Annual WRW Halloween run— costumes encouraged– is on!  We will roll out an appropriately themed route, so start thinking about your costumes– but don’t forget you have to run in it!
Meanwhile, your hardworking tripmaster Sue is busy negotiating to make something exciting happen for us in the spring, and kitmaster Marissa O’Malia is plotting with her to be sure we look good when it does!  Keep the excitement balanced with patience, and we hope to have an announcement sometime this month!
I’m looking forward to cheering with (and for) some of you tomorrow, and to running with you this week!  Happy weekend!
xx Micki

ROUTES
Monday 4 October – Whole Foods Piccadilly via Embankment (6.5 miles)
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/sPLE0JCI3K

Another foodie destination for everyone who missed Borough Market last week!  We start out heading east on the canal and run to the Wall.  We’ll exit the canal there and turn right onto Rodney, which will turn into Penton Rise, then King’s Cross Road, and eventually Farringdon, which we will stay on until we reach the embankment. We then turn right and run along Victoria Embankment to Northumberland (just past Embankment Tube Station). Turn Right onto Northumberland and run through Trafalgar Square onto Cockspur and then turn right onto Haymarket. Take Haymarket into Piccadilly Circus and turn left onto Coventry. Run through Piccadilly Circus, across the street and onto Glasshouse Street, where you will see Whole Foods Market.

Wednesday 6 October – Primrose Hill/Regents Park (5.15 miles)
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/S0AwJViBrd
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.

Primrose Hill/Regents Park

Friday 8 October – The Heath (4 – 8 miles)Yes, we’re back to it!  There’s nothing like a Heath route for making you feel like you’ve accomplished something with your day– and by mid-morning, even!  Choose your route from the 5-mile Betsy to the 8-mile full Heath and everything in between.  Below is the map for the standard, 6.5-mile Heath route, but you can find all the maps at the links below.

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.

27 September – 1 October 2021 Running Info

Hello Runners!
They say it’s those April showers that bring May flowers… except for when it happens in September instead.  Chelsea was colorful with blossoms this week, and I think it’s fair to say we made it even brighter!  What gorgeous photos this week (and the flowers are nice, too 😉  

Running this Week.  As we bring September to a close, it feels like we are beginning to settle in, and it has been fun to get back to some of our favourite routes.  On Monday we will revisit an old standard as we run along the canal east to Brick Lane and take a little street art detour.  If we’re lucky, maybe some of the women who went on the SJWWC tour last week can give us the inside scoop as we run by.  This is a 6.5-mile destination run (you can shorten it a bit by walking the art part at the end), so don’t forget your contactless card and a mask for the tube ride home, as well as for the detour at the iconic Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery so you can take home some of the best bagels in London!  Wednesday we will keep it simple and local with the Regents Park Inner/Outer Circle loop.  And Friday we are officially making our first trip to Borough Market for the year.  This 6-mile route goes the standard way to Big Ben, then crosses the Westminster Bridge and runs along South Bank to Borough, one of London’s oldest and largest food markets, right around London Bridge.  The site has been a market since the 12th century!  If you haven’t yet done this route or been to the market, plan on finding some serious foodie treats to take back to your families– after you reward yourself with a Monmouth coffee, a Rabot hot chocolate, or a fresh juice from the market!

Introduction of the Week:  Pace Group Leaders.  WRW is an all-volunteer group– we still call ourselves ‘a group of friends, running together,’ despite having grown immensely since the time around 2003 when our founder, Paula Mitchell, started running with a few of her friends who either were runners or wanted to learn to be.  These days it takes more than one woman  to keep WRW running.  Our pace leaders will keep an eye on routes and directions, and be aware and communicate what pace they are aiming for on any given run; but please remember that each of us is ultimately responsible for our own pace, as well as for generally knowing where we are going!  Big thanks to these ladies for taking on the pace leader role for 2021/22: 

Wonder Women Runners 

Claudia Figueroa, Tamar Brooks (who created and leads the group), Krista Sensurucu, and Yvonne Horrell are the Wonder Women Runners pace leaders this year.

12’s pace group

Carol Osborne and Fernanda Spinelli are leading this pack– a new addition in 2021!  We are so grateful for their leadership in starting this group!
11’s pace group

This group is led by veteran pace group leaders Magali Kivatinetz, Veena Gopal, Jen Iannazzo, and Melissa Kay.


10’s pace group

(from the top left) Heather Davenport, Jane Novak, Stephanie Mager, Anne Scolari, Jess Browne, Jennifer Egsgard, Laura Beal, and Abby Khatiblou.
9’s pace group

Pace leaders for the 9s this year are Emily Duffy, Marigold Dooley, and (not shown) Meredith Snizek.
8’s pace group

The 8’s are led this year by Stephanie Gladis and Miki Neant.

Next week we will do a few more introductions, but if this email gets any longer or more picture-intensive this week, we’re going to break the internet!Shoutouts and Announcements.  Miki Neant and Kelly Willis ran as guides for Sinead Kane, a visually impaired Irish ultrarunner, in the Self Transcendance 24-hour track race last Saturday and Sunday.  Running with her for several hours, including through the night, they supported her 197 kilometer, 3rd place female, 7th place overall finish.  And as always when WRW runners take on a challenge, plenty of WRW friends were on hand to cheer and support them, of course!  On Sunday, Laura Beal took on the 55-mile London to Brighton Cycle Ride, a hilly challenge that this year included a hail storm!  Well done, Laura!  And finally, at least a few runners ran the actual, rescheduled and live Hampton Court Palace Half last Sunday (let me know if I’ve missed anyone!).  Congratulations to Bjorg Fridbjornsdottir, Stephanie Gladis, Charlotte Sinclair and Mandeep Rai!  
The Hackney Half is this weekend– do let us know if anyone runs that, so we can give some cheers next week!  We will also be looking to give some in-person cheers for our London Marathon runners next week, on Sunday, Oct. 3!  Running the official course will be Kelly Willis, Charlotte Sinclair, and Stephanie Gladis.  Running the virtual course will be Laura Beal, Clare Missin, Jess Browne, and Miki Neant.  When we have more details on the virtual routes, as well as the timing for all the runners, we will share them either via WhatsApp from your pace leaders, or in an early Saturday email next week.  As always, we are proud of all of our marathoners, and excited to cheer for you!
Finally, just another welcome to all of our new runners!  It has been so much fun to run with you these past weeks, and we can’t wait to show you more of our favourite routes in this city we love.  Please let us know if you are having trouble finding your pace, connecting with a group, or if you have any questionsl

Signing off and wishing you all a happy Sunday.  As always, I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the pavements!
xx Micki

ROUTES
Monday 27 September – Brick Lane Art Tour – 6.6 miles
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/JtJprR11K2
This route is a slight variation of the Brick Lane route we’ve run in the past.  It takes you down several streets known for their street art.  Street art is constantly changing so there are no guarantees, but chances are good you see something spectacular!

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 the 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 about a mile and a half, the water will be on your right. Follow the canal until you reach the Kingsland Road Bridge, Number 45. See the photo below.

Run up the ramp at the side (on the left) to get up to Kingsland Road.  Turn right (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 at Old Street and you will turn right shortly after onto Rivington Street.  Turn left at Curtain Rd, run a couple of blocks and turn left on New Inn Yard.  You should be seeing some art by now!  Make your first right onto King John Court and left onto Holywell Lane.  At the end, cross the road and bear slight right onto Bethnal Green Road. Take your first left onto Ebor St, right on Redchurch St, right on Chance and then left on Whitby to see some more popular art areas.  Turn right onto Club Row, cross over Bethnal Green Rd and turn right and then the first left onto Sclater St.  At Brick Lane, turn left and run up to Beigel Bake and Crosstown Doughnuts on your left.  
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 29 September – Regents Park Inner/Outer Circles (3-5 miles) 
RunGo:  https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/BoeFK1Khvv

F
rom St Johns Wood Church Gardens turn left onto Prince Albert Road. Run to the pedestrian crossing where we will cross and head to the Outer Circle. Turn right and run on the inside of the circle past Winfield House which will be on your left. Continue around the Outer Circle until you reach the traffic light at the intersection with York Bridge. Turn left and proceed to the Inner Circle. Run one complete loop of the Inner Circle and back out across York Bridge where we will take a left and continue on Ulster Terrace which is part of the Outer Circle. At the next large intersection take a left and continue on the Outer Circle, heading north back towards the Zoo and Camden. Pass the entrance to the Zoo on your left and continue to the bridge at North Gate which we will cross to reach Charlbert Street. Run up Charlbert Street until St John’s Terrace where we turn left and run back to the High Street for a coffee.  Don’t forget to stretch, whether on the corners or in the park!
3 mile alternate:  walk to the Charlbert entrance and run around the outer circle, ending where you started, and walk back to the High Street.
4 mile alternate:  skip the inner circle

Friday 1 October – Borough Market (6 miles
RunGo: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/6U5vDjwEEA
We start by heading to Hyde Park via the usual route. Head west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End Road. At the corner of St. John’s Wood Road and Grove End Road, cross diagonally at the light and continue south on Lisson Grove. Cross over Marylebone Road and continue south on Seymour Place until it tees into Seymour Street. 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. Run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under Wellington Arch and down Constitution Hill. Run past the Victoria Memorial, cross The Mall at the light and turn right at the grand wrought iron gates into St. James Park. Run over the pond and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big Ben. Continue past Big Ben and cross Westminster Bridge. After the bridge turn left down the stairs to run along the Thames until the river path ends after Southwark Bridge. Just past Southwark Bridge, head right and then a quick left to go into a short tunnel that puts you onto Clink Street. Make a right on Stoney Street to get to the market!

OR stay closer to home by running the Heath:
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.

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.