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With the SAYSKY Sub Rosa race about to take place in London for the first time, we figured it made sense to share some local expert knowledge on where to run in the capital city of the United Kingdom. After all, the race is about navigational skills and street savvy.
This is the first instalment in the "Where to run in..." series and we've teamed up with Ben Hubbard, vice-captain of the TrackEast London running crew. He'll guide you on how to make the most of your London runs, if you're in town:
Ben has lived in London for the past five years and he says that the city is great for running. There's so much green space, a massive river and countless alleyways to get lost down. Moreover, if you're into social running, then London's the right city, with the numerous local running crews.
Run from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge, via Millenium Bridge and St. Pauls. You get to take in all the best sights of London. The sunrises you'll see are amazing, if you get there early enough and beat the crowds.
Regents Canal, as you can run pretty much uninterrupted from east London to west London along the canals. Just watch the bikes.
There's a decent 3km stretch along the north of the river, past Embankment, without any junctions or traffic lights.
With TrackEast, of course, at Mile End Stadium. Alternatively, Regent's Park is great, as you can do loops of various sizes there.
Victoria Park, whatever the weather. This 5km loop of the park will never be lonely.
The trails of Hampstead Heath.
Swain's Lane that runs through Highgate Cemetery for a great hill session.
If you're intrigued by the extremity and enduring nature of ultra running, then we'd encourage you to read this guide carefully. We've had a talk with SAYSKY athlete and passionate ultra runner Markus from the Sons of Running. Recently, he took on the TorTour de Ruhr, which was no less than 230km of non-stop running. Read about his adventure and expert guidelines for taking on ultra running.
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