The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run, a February 10K that’s one of the first mass participation events on the running calendar, is usually a great way to kick off the year’s racing – under normal circumstances, of course.
Unfortunately, if unsurprisingly, the 2021 event was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to give people a chance to run the central London route on closed roads this year, a late summer edition has been launched and entry is open now.
The London Summer Run 10K is scheduled to take place on Sunday 5th September and you’d be wise to move fast if you want to secure a place, because entry costs a very reasonable £34 but is only open from Sunday 7th February until Monday 15th February.
After that we’re not sure when the next window for entry will be, or indeed the price. We’d expect the Summer Run to sell out comfortably given the appetite for races among runners who haven’t had a chance to take part in a mass participation event in central London for some time.
Naturally we are all hoping that the event will be able to go ahead with no restrictions in September, but if the lingering effects of the pandemic are still being felt and it has to be postponed, there is a guarantee in place that will ensure runners are given a place in the rearranged race or a refund.
The route starts in Trafalgar Square and finishes on Whitehall, looping out to London Bridge and back in between, so you get a great view of landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the Gherkin along the way. We’ve run the Winter Run in the past on the same route, and while the route is winding, it’s still pretty flat and fast if you’re considering its PB potential.
All runners are encouraged to raise money for Cancer Research UK, but there is also a dedicated fundraiser entry, which costs a little less at £32 but requires you to raise £200 for the charity. You’ll get a special medal and vest if you do opt for this entry, as well as a warm glow from knowing you’ve helped out a charity during a very difficult period.
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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