Running from prettiest to shitiest London

Sunday saw my longest run ahead of the Athens Marathon on October 31, a pretty massive 21miler that took me from Streatham to Green Park via Balham, Clapham, Battersea, Victoria and Buckingham Palace. As with last week, I met up with the guys from my pal David’s work – we’re all running the Royal Parks half this Sunday – and went on a training run together.

This took us down Piccadilly, up Regent Street to Regent’s Park where we did a huge swooping circle that got us on the side of the Regent’s Canal that runs through London Zoo. It’s a route I used to walk many years ago when living in St Johns Wood and studying in Regent Street.

Running by the canal there is quite lovely – all huge mansion houses with acres of gardens that kiss the water’s edge – but once further over into Maida Vale, I was quite disappointed. For some reason, the houseboat communities there are have locked off their stretches of water as little gated communities, meaning you can no longer walk all the way down the canal bank from Camden to Little Venice which is, quite frankly, rubbish.

The diverted us to the A4 flyover in Edgware Road… from one of London’s prettiest areas to one of it’s shittiest in just a few clicks of the Garmin.

At the bottom of Edgeware Road we took on some of Hyde Park before I left the guys and took the same route home as I came. The whole run took me around three hours and 20 minutes and for the two days the outside of my ankles have been in agony – so much so, I may give the Royal Parks a miss if it doesnt get better, all very frustrating in my training for Athens.

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Just a quick note on Tuesday night’s communal run that Andy couldn’t make… just a smattering of us this week as the day’s draw closer and the weather colder.

A little reminder: at least two of us from the site will be there every week, come rain or shine.

It’s a nice little communal run, not strenuous and above all, it’s safe. If you’re a lady who doesn’t like running at night on her own, having three of the ugliest guys in London in tow should help!

James

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