Race No. 20 – Running with an Olympian
(ok so I know this wasn’t a race but it was to amazing not to go in my 26 races in 2014)
Those of you that know me will know I consider myself to be Mo Farah’s training buddy, after running the Bupa 10,000 with him in 2012 – running the same race means I helped him get his Olympic Gold medal, right? & then this years Great North Run – he won it this year, last year he came second, what was the difference? Me, I was there running with him!!
Seriously I’m like his good luck charm, maybe Mo should enter next years London Marathon with me running too he’s practically guaranteed a win
Last Tuesday I moved my allegiance from Mo & had the privilege of running with yet another Olympian & current European Women’s 10,000m gold medalist Jo Pavey
Jo lead us on a 5k run to promote the new London Winter Run, an exciting new 10k that will be taking to the streets of London next February taking us past many of the iconic landmarks , that the route will pass next year like St Paul’s, the Thames, the London Eye, Westminster and Tower Bridge
(that’s me in the pink trainers hidden at the back)
We also got to experience one of the many snow machines that will be out on the course next year (I have my fingers crossed I will not have to deal with the real stuff on the day) & test out the polar bear hugs waiting for you at the finishing line, they were fab!
While we were running Jo was chatting to everyone offering advice and tips on training, how to cope with injury etc
After the weekends Royal Parks Half Marathon fiasco I had really had to drag myself out of bed to attend this run on a wet & windy morning but I’m so glad I did, there is something incredibly inspirational about running with someone like Jo
But even more inspirational than Jo were the 4 ladies there who were there running and representing Cancer Research UK the London Winter Runs chosen charity, each of these ladies are in training for next years race and have either beaten cancer or are still under going treatment, even writing this brings tears to my eyes they are the true inspirations and heroes of this race
If you would like to take part in next years race, places are still available but the race is booking up fast, Elle from Keep it simpElle has secured this fantastic discount, other discounts are available if booking as a group of 5 runners, so what are you waiting for come and join us & enjoy some winter fun