Ha ha! Yes I am still alive and running! I try and get in here now and again but things are pretty hectic work wise at the moment so I don't seem to find much time in the evening. It was nice to put a face to the name Podds, I thought as I went round on the first lap, a lady with retired greyhounds and we're in the Thanet area, could it be Podds? (I know that seems a bit random but that's how my brain works sometimes) And as I had to walk to the top of the hill where you were marshalling I had enough breath to ask you!
From a running perspective I ran the Kent Roadrunner Marathon at the end of May but have done very little since then. My work has moved from Romford to West Kensington so I'm trying to run from St Pancras to West Kensington 2 mornings a week. It's a nice 5 mile run which includes going through Hyde Park. I'm also trying to run on a Friday lunchtime and then again on Sunday. I'm also up to 86 volunteer duties at my local parkrun as well.
I hope you are all keeping well although I have noticed on my brief visits that there have been a number of health and personal issues which have had to be dealt with.I'll try and get in more often.
Oh, and Podds, are you marshalling at the Thanet 10 next week cos I'm running that as well?
Thanks all, I'm not too familiar with Kings Cross/St Pancras apart from the main roads, how would I get to the canal from the station? From the look of the route I created on Garmin Connect I would need to go up York Way and then pick up the canal towpath from along there. Something like http://connect.garmin.com/course/7905228
That adds about 2 miles to the run that I had previously considered. We have a 2 1/2 month trial period so I think I'll try all 4 routes in the first couple of weeks and see which one I prefer,
My office is relocating from Romford to West Kensington in mid November, because of this I will not be able to get home in time for my two evening runs with my club. My journey to work is changing from a 45 minute drive to a 2 hour train and tube journey. However, I have decided to try and combat this by running from the station to the office 3 times a week, we have showers at the office. I haven't worked in London for nearly 18 years so am looking for some advice on routes.
I am in the fortunate (?) position of being able to get a train to either Charing Cross or St Pancras International. I have worked out 2 routes from Charing Cross and 1 from St Pancras. The first route out of Charing Cross, which is my preferred route, is walking to Embankment and then running all the way along Embankment to Gunter Grove and Warwick Road and along the A4 to the office, this is just over 5 miles. The second route involves running up The Mall, Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner and then along the A4 to the office, a distance of just over 3 3/4 miles.
The route from St Pancras is along Euston Road, passing Regents Park and Baker Street then heading to Lancaster Gate, going through Hyde Park to Kensington High Street then turning left at Olympia and down to the office. This is also about 5 miles. Taking this journey means that I can spend an extra 30 minutes in bed! The train to St Pancras International only takes 22 minutes whereas the Charing Cross train is about 50 minutes.
I'll be arriving in London between 7.15 and 7.30 depending on which train I get, my main concern is the number of people I'll be running with or against at that time of the morning. My own feeling is that running on the river side of the Embankment will be less crowded and easier but would be grateful for any advice from London running commuters.
An excellent race again, I don't like running in the heat but managed a 6 minute PB so can't complain. And coincidentally I finished in exactly the same position as last year! I've only done 2 marathons, this year's and last year's KRR, and the organisation is just so good I'm sure if I do a different one I'll be comparing it to TZ's efforts!
Ian and his team certainly know how to put on an event.