16.000 runners (up from 12.000 last year), mainly for charity as quite typical for London, 9am start, almost 20degrees and incredible beautiful autumn sunshine! That’s this gorgeous race in a nutshell.
It even won a price in 2011 for being the UK’s best outdoor sports event! So much about that 😉 Absolutely worth applying for (you can pre-register your interest via email & will get a notification when the official registration starts).
Although I arrived well early, due to a toilet queue and some waiting time at the bagdrop area, I had literally 5min left to get into the right funnel. That way I ended up behind the 2:10 pacer and whilst waiting for the race to start I had to literally fight my way through till I could at least spot the first 2:00 pacer (there were two of them).
Therefore my first 2k I spent trying to push forward to be in comfortable position right behind the 2:00 pacer (based on my recent marathon experience I learned that I am not always able to push through hard at the very end and catch up- so I rather preferred doing so in the beginning).
For the rest of most of the race I stayed in sight of the 2:00 pacer and for the last 2km I took over and went through the finish just before the first 2:00 pacer in 1:57h, a new personal best!