No matter if you’re a fitness freak or occasional sprinter, well planned out running routes are an important aspect of well…running. I personally love a good run, but if I don’t have a good route to match the whole exercising thing becomes a bit of a chore, and nobody wants to do chores.
So, how do you keep the momentum going? How do you choose a route that’s going to keep you focused? How do you run in a city, say like…London? Well, it’s funny you should ask.
London is a pretty darn amazing place, and those lucky enough to live in the capital will also be lucky enough to complete their regularly fitness regimes in the presence of Big Ben, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and the Albert Hall to name a few. Let’s be honesty, you can’t buy that kind of motivation at your local gym.
With that in mind, I’ve gone on the hunt for some great running routes in London. These routes are perfect for taking in all the beauty of this city, whilst still burning off those dreaded calories we all love to hate.
Here are Superbreak’s top running locations – Let’s take a look at the options…
The Sightseeing Run
London Southbank; Westminster Bridge to Big Ben via the Tower of London – 5.7 miles
With the River Thames at your side and some of London’s greatest sights leading the way, this route is a running challenge worth remembering. Setting off from Westminster Bridge, you’ll start by jogging pass the stunning London Eye and pretty Jubilee Gardens. Hitting your stride on Tower Bridge, you’ll glide on by the crown jewels at the Tower of London as well as the iconic London beefeaters. Heading back down the other side of the river, you’ll find yourself on the home stretch heading for the finish line at Big Ben. Not only a beautiful place to finish your run, Big Ben offers all the practicalities for those wanting to time themselves without the hassle of modern day gadgets – winner!
The Peaceful City Park Run
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; Speaker’s Corner to Marble Arch – 4.2miles
Traffic free and completely surrounded by stunning parkland, this is next best thing to a run in the countryside. Starting at Speaker’s Corner and finishing at Marble Arch, the route follows the perimeter of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, letting you discover the beautiful Kensington Palace and Royal Albert Hall along the way. This really is a peaceful city park run, perfect for a laid-back jog in the Great British Capital. Top tip…try this route in springtime when the daffodils are in full bloom for a truly beautiful run in the sun.
The Celeb Spotting Run
Richmond Park – 7.3miles
Rumour has it, that celebrities quite often chose Richmond Park to stretch their running legs. Imagine sharing your running route with the likes of Nell McAndrew and elite marathon runners from around the globe – that’s fitness inspiration by the bucket load! Also popular with us regular folk, Richmond Park is the ideal place to improve your running ability as well as taking in some beautiful city parkland greenery. Most runners choose to run around the edge of the park on the Tamsin Trail, but feel free to go offbeat on the many routes available in the park – you might even spot some deer!
What are your top tips for choosing the perfect running route? Which locations in London do you recommend for dusting off those old running shoes? Let us know by commenting below.
Hayley Brent is passionate about travelling, with a strong interest in European adventures. Her recent explorations include trips along the Spanish coast, French Riviera, Italian lakes and Eastern Europe.
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