The fur will be flying at the start of the sixth annual Cancer Research UK London Winter Run 10K on Sunday, 9 February, when a team of huskies will lead off around 25,000 runners for the first 150m of the iconic route.
Yes, you read that right and we're not barking mad! For the first time ever a four dog husky team will be unleashed on the streets of the capital. The dogs will be pulling a sled driven by the UK’s leading female sled-dog racer, Vickie Pullin, passing by Nelson’s Column and up Charing Cross Road, where the pack will leave runners to complete the rest of the course.
Vickie and her dogs will then station themselves at the race village in Trafalgar Square where runners and spectators will have the opportunity to meet them after the race. The exciting addition of the dog-sled team celebrates the success of London’s biggest 10K and passing the £3million milestone for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research to help beat cancer.
Sled-dog racer Vickie, based in Tewkesbury, says it is a cause particularly close to her heart. Vickie lost her gran and aunt to cancer, before more recently losing her mum. She has since dedicated her mission to become world champion in the sport to her beloved mum, raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK in the process.
Vickie said: “I’m super excited to be a part of this and just want to make a difference to Cancer Research and to help raise awareness and get people supporting this amazing charity. Unfortunately now, too many of us have a story with cancer. It will be a proud moment for me and my dogs to lead out this race.”
Vickie is flying out to compete in the IFSS (International Federation of Sled-dog Sports) 2020 European Championships in Sweden just a week after the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run. There she hopes to win gold on her quest to becoming world champion.
Only charity places are still available for last minute entrants. Although nothing can beat the feeling of taking part, this is now one of the most spectacular races to support, with husky sledding at the start and meet and greets in the race village, plus live music and activities for all the family.
Images courtesy CRUK London Winter Run