London: our nations capital, home of cutting-edge fashion, Olympic heroes and ELLE HQ. What better way to welcome summer by celebrating our world-class patch in all is glory, both present and past? ELLE is race-ready for the Bupa London 10,000 the fast and flat course that weaves its way through central London, and centuries of history. Starting on The Mall where the Olympic Marathon runners took the stage less than two years ago, the course heads east to take in Nelsons Column, along the Victoria Embankment, the heaving Thames to the right, and Millennium Wheel keeping a watchful eye. Past the many beautiful bridges, Sir Christopher Wrens masterpiece (St. Pauls Cathedral, of course) and Leadenhall Market, the route then turns west at the halfway point, leaving time for but a passing glance of Roman Londinium. On to the Monument of the Great Fire, speeding towards Houses of Parliament, leafy St. James Park looks to be a welcome home stretch, with finishers sprinting through to cross the finish in front of the imposing Buckingham Palace, and the balcony that brought us kiss. A whirlwind tour of a city we love, in three stripes and 10,000 steps.
What: Bupa London 10,000
When: Sunday, May 25 2014
Fit Factor: 2/5
Why Were Running: Hot off the finish line of the Copenhagen Marathon, were excited to be treading on home turf once again, celebrating our city
Race Mantra: Who run this town?
Run it: Registration is now closed.
Watch it: This race welcomes spectators. Line the route and give us a cheer by checking the route map
Follow it: We'll be tweeting from the race @ELLEUKrunning #Bupa10000, #Boost
Find out more: Visit www.london10000.co.uk for information about this and other events
Want to get started? Follow the Running Club's 0-5k plan