This morning, Sunday 5th February, a record 16,500 runners took to the closed streets of central London to take part in the annual Cancer Research UK London Winter Run – now hailed as the capitals largest 10KM.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As Mayor I’m keen to encourage Londoners to stay active and healthy. This event is a fantastic opportunity for both regular runners and those new to the sport to keep fit through the winter. I’m really pleased it’s back for a third successful year and helping to raise crucial funds for Cancer Research UK”
Joining the thousands of runners on the course were BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth and presenter Scola Dondo. Winter themed entertainment was provided throughout including a ‘Penguin Party’, a Swiss themed water station and live music on the course. Rewards for those who finished included an intricately designed winter medal and a hug from a team of ‘polar bears’ as they crossed the line.
The event not only keeps people active through the winter months, but also raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK. This year’s event is aiming to raise a huge six figure sum to help contribution to the fight against cancer, with donations still coming in over the coming days.
The Cancer Research UK Winter Run Series will now move to the city of Manchester for the next race on 12th February 2017. To find out more about the event, and to register visit the website.