22 March 2017

Event review: Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

February 8, 2016

This Sunday I got up early, made my way to Trafalgar Square and ran the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run with over 15,000 other runners. Despite the early start, grey skies and the chilly, persistent drizzle the 10km run was a joy to take part in.


Brilliantly organised with a clearly set out course, the race transformed central London into a winter runderland for the morning. Participants were kept smiling by high-fiving penguins and snow-canon-shooting snowmen who provided plenty of encouragement for all.

The flagship event of the Winter Run Series, which raises money for life-saving research, is the UK’s biggest winter running event. Joining participants on the start line in Trafalgar Square were race ambassador Jo Pavey, comedian Joel Dommett and Magic Radio presenter Nick Snaith. Alongside them was inspirational amputee Victoria Milligan, who ran with thousands taking part to help beat cancer sooner.


After a warm-up led by experts at Nuffield Health, the official health and wellbeing partner of event organisers Human Race, a huge blast of snow shot into the air to signal the beginning of the run. The route takes you past well-known locations such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Strand, with runners finishing by heading south on Whitehall towards Big Ben.

The race was part of my training for this year’s London Marathon. I have run lots of 10kms before but this one was certainly one to remember. Running through the closed streets of central London in January is a unique experience – with the sights keeping your mind off the run (and the rain)!


There were lots of spectators offering encouragement and support, which really helps you to keep going and stay smiling. As always with CRUK events, there is a sense of unity and importance as so many participants are running for a reason close to their hearts. Seeing the signs on everyone’s backs of who they are running for is incredibly moving and pushes you on.

As part of my build-up to the big one in April, I am testing different nutrition products. For this event I tried MET-Rx® Electrolyte Energy Gummies which provide a blend of carbohydrates and electrolytes in dark cherry flavour. With six gummies in an individual pouch, these are easy to pop in a pocket and snack on around the course.

Stephanie hugs a mascot!

Race details:
The Cancer Research UK Winter Run Series concludes on Sunday 28 February at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run will return in 2017 and you can register by visiting www.londonwinterrun.co.uk.

Stephanie Tait, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine


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