Over the past four months, four Blue Badge Guides and two Blue Badge Guides in the making have been training hard and preparing for The Vitality British 10K London Charity Run which took place on the morning of Sunday 10th July.
This was all in aid of the brilliant charity Go Make it Happen, established by Blue Badge Guide Keith Harding in memory of Sam Harding which aims to help young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions in the tourism industry.
After several training sessions that took place in Hyde Park and which started off underneath the gaze of the suitably athletic statue of Achilles, the team was ready to take to the streets of London.
It was eerily quiet and traffic free in central London on the morning of the race (if only all coach panos could be like this!). The team gathered together for our Mr. Motivator style warm up at Waterloo Place right next to the Crimean War Memorial. It was a familiar and reassuring sight especially with the symbolic figure of Victory on top generously handing out the laurel wreaths before the race had even begun.
After the warm up, it was time to head to the start line which was on Piccadilly. The music was pumping, the pace runners were in position, a last minute stretch here and there and we were off! The weather was mercifully cool and the mid-race smattering of rain couldn’t have come at a better time.
It was a huge turnout with an estimated 20,000 runners in all attracted by the chance to run one of the most unique routes in the world and to take in the sights of this amazing city including Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The final stretch took us over Westminster Bridge and back again, a loop round Parliament Square and then onto the home straight down Whitehall with a finish line outside the magnificent Banqueting House.
It was a great day and a stellar effort was put in by all including our lovely partners whose critical support was really appreciated! Thanks to the fundraising work and all of the amazingly generous donations given, the GMIH team managed to raise over £3,000 for this fantastic cause!
Dominic Burris-North, London BBTG