Monday, 18 June 2012

35 miles. 50 runners. 1 club.

It was Striders’ big day out in the sun – 17 June and the
relay from Verulamium Park to the Olympic version
in east London. The route took in Elstree, Aldenham,
Mill Hill, Totteridge, Dollis Valley Greenwalk,
Hendon, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Parliament Hill,
Gospel Oak, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal,
Camden, Islington, Hoxton and Victoria Park.

‘35 miles, 50 runners, 1 club’ was the slogan for
the run, proudly emblazoned on the back of our
commemorative shirts, but these three numbers
don’t begin to describe the day, so here’s just a few more:

5 relay legs ..... 2 buses (1 big, 1 mini) ..... 5 different coloured shirts, giving Striders the option of wearing something other than blue or yellow for a day! ..... 5 wigs ..... 1 nun’s habit, from ebay ..... 20 yards of boggy mud to negotiate ..... 2 little dogs, terrified in the Dollis Valley ..... 3 times Abba’s ‘Winner takes it all’ played in the minibus ..... 0 public toilets (apparently, but plenty of undergrowth) ..... 6 kites being flown from Hampstead Heath ..... 30 SPF cream, surprisingly necessary given the recent rain ..... 2 whistles to announce our arrival ..... 2 clear views over London from Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill ..... 3 rounds of applause (at least) from impressed onlookers ..... 100% vote for Marge Simpson as best fancy dress ..... 1 group run along the canal ..... 3 amazing ultra runners, completing the full distance ..... 38 mile journey for one inflatable torch

And last, but not least:
1 Olympic stadium ..... 3 massive cheers for the organisers of a fantastic day ..... and countless photos of 50 happy Striders – check out the Striders gallery page and Facebook page

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