London Run 1 : Camden – Primrose Hill

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Date : 26th April, 2019

Time : 1h 23’ 10”

Number of runners (total to date) : 17 (3728)

Run map and details :   https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3591812210

Running with Project Awesome is…how can I describe it…I need an adjective…can’t think of anything…hang on, its coming to me…ah yes, there we are… its awesome! Pixie dustily, unicornily awesome!

As run leader Helen explains in the following video, Project Awesome (PA) meet 3 times a week – at 6.30 am – for a run, a workout and oodles of positivity.

I joined the Friday morning session which meets on top of Primrose Hill. Espying my fellow runners to be, I went over to them and extended my right hand in the traditional manner of greeting. To be met by a series of hugs.

A few warm up exercises, a haka

and it was time to start the session for real.

This involved running down a hill, performing a set of exercises and then running back up the hill and performing another set of exercises like. Before repeating the process up and down another hill.

The exercises give you a really good all body work out and range from star jumps to burpees to stomach crunches to tricep dips to spider walks ( I think that’s what they’re called)

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to ‘hoisties’.

This went on for the best part of an hour during which we managed to simultaneously exhaust ourselves and have a great time.

We also (re)proved my maxim that, for any run that starts and finishes in the same place, there will be more uphill than downhill running. Or so it always seems.

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We ended with a tunnel

a group hug for myself and the other newbie (top of the blog), a transfer of positive thoughts to Jun for Sunday’s London marathon and a game of British bulldog. (I’d forgotten how brilliant British bulldog is!)

By this stage I’d run 4.5 km so I set off to complete my 10km. I started round the outside of Primrose Hill before popping over Prince Albert Road to do a couple of laps of Regent’s Park Running Track which, slightly bizarrely, is 387m long.

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Back though Primrose Hill to Ripe Kitchen where some of the group were finishing their morning coffees. Goodbyes, a promise to see them all at the London Relay, a final hug before setting off for home.

On the journey back I caught a reflection of myself. With an unconscious grin all over my face from the great work-out. Thank you Helen and all my fellow PAers – that was Awesome!

If any of you can make it, then I’d love to see you in London on 4th July 2020 for the UK, and final, leg of Run the World!

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About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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