Looking dashing in their brand new Lennox running vests, Grant Ritchie, Darren Pattwal and Indy Nandra kindly posed for a quick photo before heading off to drop their bags and make their way to the start line in Piccadilly. Bob Keeley, who ran for Lennox at last year’s British 10k, was also there to represent us once again.
Over 12,000 eager participants, including runners representing over 300 charities, lined up in the streets of London waiting for the 9.30am start. It was already a very hot day and runners were warned to keep well hydrated and take it gently after organisers raised their amber warning to red. After a brief warm up and an inspiring pre-race interview with Dame Kelly Holmes who was taking pert herself, the claxon sounded and the run was underway.
This year’s run was hard work for all involved, but despite the tricky conditions the thousands of runners continued to pound the streets as the course weaved its way around some of the most famous London landmarks including St James’ Palace, Parliament Square and alongside the Thames past the London Eye.
We managed to catch sight of our hardworking runners again at the 8km water station on Victoria Embankment – they were making fast progress, and as they made their way over Westminster Bridge and up the finishing straight on Whitehall they crossed the finish line to be handed their well-deserved medal. The relief on their faces was clear to see! We hope our runners are very proud of their finishing times and overall performance on the day, especially Bob who, despite the conditions, recorded a personal best of one hour and two minutes.
Huge thanks and a massive WELL DONE to Grant, Darren, Indy and Bob for all their efforts. We would also like to send a big “get well soon” to Pete Stothard and Amber Fox-Hammond who were both sadly unable to take part on the day after picking up injuries before race day. You are all superstars!