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Date : 11th February, 2020
Time : 1h 02’ 44”
Number of runners (total to date) : 14 (7025)
Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/4541237347
When I first tell people about Run the World* I can sense that they often think it must be quite glamorous. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. The runs and the school talks are great but the logistics, the sitting round at airports, the transfers and the flights are, at best, a grind and, at worst, a complete nightmare.
And the evenings are probably most accurately described as humdrum. I’m usually on my own. In a non-descript, modestly priced hotel. Deciding between pasta and chicken and rice. Or, for a bit of variety, chicken and chips.
My one treat, at least in countries that serve alcohol, is a local beer. And, after a day of travelling and running, that beer – and its normally just one – tastes pretty good.
So when I saw something on Facebook about the Mikkeller Running Club’s run + free beer offering I decided I had to give it a go.
If you’re not familiar with the Mikkeller Runing Club (MRC) then the origin story is pretty interesting. Mikkeller is a multi-award winning Danish brewery founded in Copenhagen in 2006. After a few years, or so the story goes, the founders realised they were getting fat from drinking too much beer. So, in 2014, they started a running club based on the principle of a run followed by a beer. The formula proved such a success that there are now 230+ chapters around the world.
The one that caught my eye was the Soho London chapter because it runs in Westminster. A borough I still needed to run in as part of my London Borough Challenge.**
The Soho chapter gathers at 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening at the Brewdog pub on Poland Street. Where I met run leader Phil, old friends Anthony and Claire
and various new friends (the ever photogenic Anthony seems to be in all the photos…)
There were 14 of us at the start and we set off through Soho to Piccadilly (don’t be put off by the black image – click on play and there’s a perfectly good video)
Around Green Park, down Constitution Hill and up the Mall as far as the ICA.
At which point the group split with the 5kers heading back to Brewdog and the rest of us heading through St James’s Park to Parliament Square, past the scaffolded Big Ben
and onto the Embankment where we stopped for a photo opp with the London Eye.
North up the Embankment before making our way back to Brewdog through Covent Garden and Soho.
Where we paused for the now traditional post run plank
and the slightly less traditional ‘bench rest’
before finishing up with that free beer.
It just remains for me to say a huge thank you to Phil, and everyone at MRC Soho chapter for the company and the warm welcome. The evening was great fun and I’m sure Anthony, Claire and I will be back!
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*A little bit of background. I’m currently undertaking a challenge – Run the World – to complete a 10km run in all 206 countries in the world. (I’ve run in 183 countries to date.) I’m doing the challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research and to promote the importance of an active healthy lifestyle.
**In addition to completing a 10km run in all 206 countries in the world, I’m also doing 44 runs in the UK. Taking the global total to 250 runs.
Why? Because 250 runs is equivalent to running 2 500 000 metres. Which is a metre for every one of the two and a half million cancer sufferers in the UK.
All well and good but the question we asked ourselves at Run the World HQ is : where should those 44 UK runs take place? And part of the answer – three-quarters to be exact – is that 33 of them will take place in London. One in each of the 32 London boroughs plus one in the City of London.
We’re calling this the ‘London Borough Challenge’ and we’re really hoping that everyone will take part in some – or all – of the LBC!