What unites a treefort in Sanderstead, a nondescript road close to Kensal Green tube station, and a trig point on Pole Hill? Answer: they’re all the highest points in their respective London boroughs.
On Saturday 24 March, a team of runners will attempt to run to 32 such peaks as part of the Runner’s World ‘London’s Peaks Relay’. The route is 150 miles in total and must be completed within 24 hours. It’s a bit like the Bob Graham Round, with a bit more traffic and concrete.
The baton (in this case, an RW mobile phone) will be handed over at the apex of each London borough – and you’ll be able to follow our progress on Strava via beacon. More on that to come.
The all important planning map on the wall
The route will start in the outer London boroughs and corkscrew in, finishing in the City of Westminster, hopefully before the clock chimes midnight.
Suffice to say, London is not the hilliest of places. The highest summit – in Westerham Heights, Bromley – is 245m. The lowest – in Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets – is a piddling 16m.
But the terrain is surprisingly rugged and varied, taking in fields, single track, commons and, of course, A-roads. And what a team we have assembled! There’s ultrarunners, authors, adventurers – all united by their love of running in the capital (see below for a running order).
It’s not just a London ting, either. On the same day, Jonny Muir – a man who once ran to the highest points in each of the 12 inner London boroughs, and in doing so inspired this whole idea – will be leading a team around the peaks of Edinburgh. Follow Jonny on Twitter for more details.
And what about you? We’d like these challenges to inspire others to explore their towns and cities in new ways. So what do you say, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast? The mountains are calling...
The legs and the runners...
Bromley – Croydon (13.5km) Rick Pearson & Stephen Pinkster
Croydon – Sutton (8.5km) Chris Pearson & George Bull
Sutton – Kingston (14km) Tom Suddaby & Jonathan Cowie
Kingston – Merton (15.8km) Susie Chan & Cat Simpson
Merton – Wandsworth (2.5km) Tariq Knight & Georgina Pearson
Wandsworth – Richmond (6km) Kate Carter & Adharanand Finn
Richmond – Hounslow (10km) Tobias Mews & Vassos Alexander
Hounslow – Ealing (10km) Anna McNuff & Brother
Ealing – Brent (2.8km) John Carroll & Alison Hamlett
Brent – Hillingdon (8.8km) Dan Hallam & Damian Hall
Hillingdon – Harrow (6.6km) Anna McNuff & Brother
Harrow – Barnet (8.5k) Ben Hobson & Francesca Menato
Barnet – Enfield (6.5k) Georgina Pearson & Tariq Knight
Enfield – Waltham Forest (16k) Andy Dixon & Paul Tonkinson
Waltham Forest – Redbridge (12k): James Poole & David Smyth
Redbridge – Havering (4.5k): Ben Hobson & Francesca Menato
Havering – Barking (5.6k) Tobias Mews & Helen Couchman
Barking – Newham (12.5k) Dan Hallam & Damian Hall
Newham – Greenwich (15K) Tom Suddaby & Jonathan Cowie
Greenwich – Bexley (7.3K) James Poole & David Smyth
Bexley – Lambeth (14.5K) John Carroll & Alison Hamlett
Lambeth – Lewisham/Southwark (1.6K) Chris Pearson & George Bull
Lewisham/Southwark to Tower Hamlets (13.4k) Susie Chan & Cat Simpson
Tower Hamlets – Hackney (6.8k) Adharanand Finn & Kate Carter
Hackney – Islington (4K) Sam Murphy & Jeff Pyrah
Islington – Haringey (1K) Sam Murphy & Jeff Pyrah
Haringey – Camden (2.8K) Joe Mackay & Helen Couchman
Camden – Kensington & Chelsea (6.7K) Andrew Simms & Vassos Alexander
Kensington & Chelsea – Hammersmith & Fulham (0.2K) Brian Otten & John Pickup
Hammersmith & Fulham – City of Westminster (4.4K) Brian Otten & John Pickup