Which winter-themed race starts with a snowstorm, features a high five zone with penguins and promises a warming Polar bear hug at the finish? The answer is the Cancer Research UK London Run 10K that returns to the capital for the third time on Sunday, February 5, and thousands of runners have already ensured they will not be frozen out by entering in advance.
Billed as ‘the run that combines world famous landmarks with winter fun to beat cancer sooner’, the 2016 London Winter Run saw over 15,000 running on closed roads raising over £600,000 for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity, whose pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
The 2017 London Winter Run will start in Trafalgar Square, otherwise known as the Snow Blast-Off Zone, which will set each runner onto the course with a burst of snow. The spectacular route includes iconic sights such as 52m tall Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster and Downing Street. The 2016 winners were Martin Footman (33:36) and Pearl de Braganca (34:06).
Distractions on the way round include the new winter characters who have been invited to join this year’s event at the Husky High-Five Zone; the Swiss Chalet Drink Station and the much-loved Penguin Party, where runners will be given a warming boost from the cheering crowds, led by their Antarctic friends!
The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is organised by Human Race – the UK’s largest organiser of running, cycling and triathlon events. Nick Rusling, CEO of Human Race, said: “It gives us great pleasure to be coming back to London with this truly amazing event in 2017. Seeing the public get behind Cancer Research UK to take on the cold and show off our amazing capital is truly humbling.”
Clive Sanders, Head of Events at Cancer Research UK, said; “Fundraising events like the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run are critical in raising life-saving funds to help give cancer the cold shoulder and unite men and women of all ages and abilities in the fight against the disease. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we fund, the sooner that day will come.”
Visit the London Winter Run website for registration and more information.