Couch to 5K

A good London route?

With the groin injury now out of the way and a 12k finally achieved this morning, I'm now searching for a good route to do a couple of runs when I'm working up on London next week.

Anyone know of a good website with suggested running routes, or anyone here know of a couple I could look at before I get there. Or anyone on here know central london and could recommend a favorite route.

If not will just slug it out on the treadmill but that would have to be the last resort.

Thanks all.

Rob

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Rob,

I work in central London. Where will you be? It's a big ol' place!

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That's what I mean it's huge so need recommendations. Stopping in Docklands so most parks are off limits. Any ideas?

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If you join Map My Run, you can search on their web site for routes that other people have run. Have fun :0)

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Just been on there are done good ones near by that I might follow.

Thanks.

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? do from one attraction to the next and finish off with a giant stair climb ( Gherkin?)...Miles-Yonder style?

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You mean just go out and do my own thing, I quite like the sound of that apart from getting lost or worse. Doubt they'd let me in there all sweaty just to run stairs..

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Worth a sneaky try

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Most things are worth a sneaky try if you can get away with it.

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The Gherkin's a good 25 minutes away from Canary Wharf via DLR plus a walk from Bank. The security at most of the office towers in docklands and the City is pretty tight. In many buildings around Canary Wharf the people in the entrance lobby will escort you to reception on the floor you're going to, so I'd say pretty much no chance of a stair climb at all.

Sign of the times I'm afraid.

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Tell me about it, that's why I don't work full time there, but we need them to be secure, just ruins your fun that's all.

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If you're in the Docklands area I can recommend the Thames Path from Greenwich Cutty Sark to the Thames Barrier (which I've walked, though not run, it's around 6k). It has a certain industrial charm about it - takes you past the naval college, Millennium Dome and the Tate & Lyle sugar factory!

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Now that's more like it, sounds good so I'll run it both ways then less chance of getting lost, plus will be back at the start too.

Thanks Turbo.

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One non running thing I will recommend is the cable car that runs over the Thames from North Greenwich tube on the south side by the Dome to Royal Victoria DLR on the north side near the Excel centre. It's called the Emirates Air Line.

An absolutely serene experience and you can use your Oyster card to ride. Same price as a tube journey. Far better value than going to the top of London's tallest building, The Shard which will cost you 30 quid.

You could check out a few running routes from up there.

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Working during the day but assuming it still runs evenings, might give it a go because I usually end up at a loose end on my evenings down there.

Thanks again Rob

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If you are in Docklands you can run from Surrey Quays on the path to Tower Bridge. IG you want a morning work out go and hunt out PROJECT AWESOME on face book or google it. They meet near Tower Bridge on Wednesday mornings. Also there is a club called London City Runners who meet two evenings a week and were very welcoming when I was down and I have tagged along with them. They have their own website. They meet on Tuesday and Thursdays and have a long run on Sunday morning.

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Thanks Jangly will take a look, I'm there all week so was thinking Tuesday & Thursday so might catch up with the City Runners. Although I doubt I'll be fast enough to keep up.

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I am not fast 34-35 mins for 5km. They have all types of runners. I go down to London a few times and found them friendly. They were recommended by locals. Project Awesome is more of a work out with a run but highly recommended by my daughter and her friends. If there over weekend try the Parkrun at Southwark. Very flat route and very welcoming atmosphere. Southwark is easy to find too just a few minutes from Canada Water Rube stop on Jubilee Line.

Good luck

Janice

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I am not fast 34-35 mins for 5km. They have all types of runners. I go down to London a few times and found them friendly. They were recommended by locals. Project Awesome is more of a work out with a run but highly recommended by my daughter and her friends. If there over weekend try the Parkrun at Southwark. Very flat route and very welcoming atmosphere. Southwark is easy to find too just a few minutes from Canada Water Rube stop on Jubilee Line.

Good luck

Janice

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If you're running in the evening you will want a well lit route? If you head to the North bank of the Thames from around the canary wharf area you can follow the river all the way to Wapping which is about 5-6k. Going around the docks on the isle of dogs or at limehouse are also enjoyable diversions and not too busy (I'll never understand people who insist on running in the centre among all the crowds, traffic and pollution!)

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that's exactly what I need, I don't want to run in the city but the docks and river sounds right up my street. Thank you I think I'll do this one on Tuesday night and maybe do a different one on Thursday night too.

Thanks again

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Hi Rob, definitely one of my favourite places to run when I am in London is over Tower Bridge, up one side of the river, across another bridge (depending on how far you want to run there are loads to choose from :D ) and then back down the other side. It's easy, it's well lit in the morning or evening, there are loads of other runners doing the same thing, and it's great fun. Hope you find somewhere and have a great time!

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Thanks Annie, I knew that asking on here would be the best thing, so far I've got 5 options but only there for the week. Although usually a couple of times a month I stay over for work usually in the same place too so now I have lots of exploring to do.

Thanks again

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