I’m back in the U.K. for some charity business and found myself in need of a run.
So, I planned an interest 5.5 mile route that took in many sights of London.
I started on Kingsway and headed down toward The Strand and through theatre district.
This led to Trafalgar Square and the entrance to The Mall. This run along St. James’ Park takes you to Buckingham Palace (“Mornin’ Ma’am!”).
A swift left-turn takes you back towards the Thames and Westminster. And, yes, I timed it perfectly to hear the seven AM chimes. Dong!
Over the Westminster bridge and then down onto the South Bank and past the Millennium Wheel. It was quite icy down here by the river so I chose to run along the tree line as the roots provide a little extra heat into the ground and reduce ice (top-tip).
Running past the Arty cinemas and museums of the South Bank, I eventually ended up at the Millennium Bridge and crossed back to the north-side.
This bridge leaves you with one of the most English view available: a clear shot of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Lovely. No time for picture though.
I made a right turn and turned north when I saw signs for Farringdon. After checking my gps, I found the road back towards my hotel and finished in good time.
A really fast 8:08 pace which feels really fast when you are in a city. I only had to stop for lights four times on the whole run.
It was again great to see sooooooo many cyclists and run-commuters in London. This always makes me smile. I saw a line of about thirty bikes at one point on my run. Crazy!
I was overtaken once on the route (as I headed up the steps in front of St. Paul’s) and overtook a lot of people while I was out.
I hope to get out again in the remaining two mornings I have here.
I’ll try to take some pictures on the next run. Promise.