By Patrick Luong.
Bands on the run
On Sunday 9th July 2017, a multinational team of six (and a new Pump Aid fan!) enjoyed sun, cheers, live bands and a tour of London’s most famous landmarks by completing the Virgin Sport British 10k.
Read more about our experiences of this fun race, check out photos from the day and find out how to get involved with a personal challenge event while raising awareness and money for great causes such as Pump Aid.
The British 10K first hit the capital’s streets in 2001 and has become a regular feature in the running calendar.
Over the years, thousands of runners have enjoyed the iconic city centre route and supportive crowds as they race, jog or plod through the heart of central London and pass historic landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
As much as I love London’s black cabs and red Routemaster buses, it’s a real treat to have the freedom of central London without traffic.
Britain’s Got Talent!
This year’s theme was a British Street Party so we had the pleasure of live bands playing loud and energising British songs inspired by legends such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
We had singers, samba and brass bands to keep our spirits up and the music is also great for the crowds of spectators lining the streets.
“Your Sextet’s on Fire!”
The race is held during the British summer, in the middle of Wimbledon, so it’s hard to predict the weather. We anxiously checked the forecasts during the build-up and it became clear that we would have sun and plenty of it!
The six of us (Cyril, Eloïse, John, Marianne, Ryan and me) made sure we sipped extra water in the days before the race and, on the day, we enjoyed the road-side water stations and sprinklers and applied sun cream.
They were not conditions for a personal best time but a good excuse to ease back a little and enjoy the sights and sounds even more.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Among the all the crowds on London’s streets we had extra zealous supporters from the Pump Aid team which was a very welcome boost around 7km into the course by the Embankment.
At the end of the race we recruited a seventh guest supporter who will help to raise awareness of Pump Aid by wearing one of our vest tops.
All Good Things Come to an End
While I shall fondly remember the thrill of running through central London, the music and the sights I was so happy to finish the race, cool down and receive my medal and goodie bag. This year’s goodie bag included a can of baked beans – they were keeping up British theme to the very end!
I then found a great vantage point by the finish line and cheered all the other Pump Aid runners (plus a couple of other people I spotted!) in the final straight.
Once we’d caught our breath and had a good stretch we enjoyed a photo and a refreshing beverage with the Pump Aid team at a local tavern.
How to get involved
If you’re singing “I Wanna Be Like You” then join us at a future challenge event!
I hope you’re inspired to take part in this unique race and we will have places for next year’s British 10k – but that’s almost a year away!
If you would like to set yourself a fitness goal AND raise awareness and funds for Pump Aid by entering a challenge (such as a 10k, half marathon, marathon, obstacle course or sky dive) then please check out our other challenges and get in touch!