beyond 5k

London 10k or speed tourism for runners

This was my first 10k event, which I first ran in 2017. I have run it every year since, and was due to run it again for the fourth time in May 2020. I love the atmosphere before, during and after the run. It is well-organised, and a great opportunity to run past the elite runners (even if they are coming back in the opposite direction on the home straight just as you are setting off 😉 . Also, a great way to see several iconic landmarks, round (my) capital city, accompanied en route by various live bands, and well wishers. All that in the space of just over an hour. Now that’s what I like to call “speed tourism”.

Blenheim OX5

That’s 5 miles not 5 kilometers, by the way. The grounds at Blenheim are a fantastic setting. The course itself is on tarmac, with views of a landscaped lake, bordering open pasture, then through some woods and finishing close to the Palace. About half way round the course there is quite a steep incline (or “Sheffield-flat” for the benefit of any of my Sheffield friends and family who happen to be reading this).

Blenheim 10k

I refer my reader to the comments I made earlier about this superb running venue, plus an extra 2k added on, for good measure.

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