Great Newham London Run

Great Newham London Run

Afternoon All

Hope everyone's had a great weekend's running (if only to take our minds off the cricket!) I know I'm one of many C25Kers who was at the Olympic Park this morning for the Great Newham London Run.

Despite a couple of technical hitches (I had to get a replacement number which meant I was placed in the third wave of the day and spent the whole ten kilometres overtaking people, sometimes by using pavements, verges &c) it was, although a tough race, absolutely loads and loads of fun.

The chap in the photo was five stone overweight at the start of the year and now runs forty+ miles a week. He might never get to open the batting at Lord's or score a penalty at Wembley but thanks to C25k (and the support of this forum) this morning he ran a 10k PB (48.53!) *in the flippin' Olympic Stadium*.

Trust the programme, find out what your bodies can do and please remember to enjoy your running.

All the best,


PS If I can give one further bit of advice from my weekend's running, remember that if you forget your parkrun bar code, you will smash a PB there as well. D'oh!

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22 Replies

  • Brilliant! Well done on that amazing PB - were your feet ever touching the ground? :)

    You look so so happy!

  • I *was* happy - it was hot, but it really was great fun. I'm not sure if having to overtake people all the time made me faster or slower but either way I am chuffed with the time, thank you.

  • Forty ****in' Eight, Fifty bl**dy three?


    I was there too (green wave, no doubt you soared past me!) and it was hard out there in that heat. Well done sir!

  • Well done to you too, it was extremely hot for ten in the morning, wasn't it? That water-spraying device just after 5k was great.

  • Sounds like a fantastic day! I didn't know about the race - it's close to where I was born and grew up. I think I'd have been tempted. Is it an annual event?

    And congrats on your run - you're an example of what can be achieved with work and commitment. I hope to be able to emulate you at least a little.

  • That's an incredibly nice thing to say Steve, thank you.

    Yes, they want to make it an annual event - see you next year maybe.

  • I just checked, and they are already taking registrations for 2016. I definitely want to be there - it looks a fantastic event from the website!

  • Wow ! What a absolutely amazing achievement !!

    You did brilliantly - Well done ! Sounds like you had a fantastic day and what a blistering pace !

    You are amazing ! :-) xxxx.

    PS . And a great setting too - The Olympic Stadium ! It doesn't get much better than that ! Xxx

  • Thank you!

    It doesn't get much better as a venue, does it?

  • Amazingly fantastic! what a pace! thats amazing, very well done on all you have achieved this year, a brilliant advertisement for c25k ! :)

  • Thank you - I have a lot to be grateful to C25K for.

  • Well done AHS!! What a fantastic run. And what a fantastic achievement to get to where you are today from the beginning of the year.

    I did the Run two years ago when the park was being redeveloped and horrible, but what a great feeling to run into the Stadium where I'd been lucky enough to get a ticket for the *actual* Olympics! Still both wonderful memories.

  • I saw the basketball at the Olympics - I'd never been in the Stadium before. Great, isn't it?

  • Oh my goodness. Five stone since January? AND a 10 k in less than 50 minutes? Holy Moses. That's amazing! Well done to you for the determination and sticking power. You're an example of how C25K can work if you put your mind to it.

  • Thank you - there are a lot of inspiring runners on this forum.

  • Well done - you were about 30 mins quicker than me - feel relieved others think it was hot thought I was just being hopeless. That is some finishing line. Linda

  • It was *very* hot!

  • Well done ActionMan!!!! Great time there by the way, as if you didn't know! LOL. Crikey you're fast!!!!!

    Losing all that weight is just so fab isn't it. It's a whole new you! I've lost 60 lbs, and being a titch, that's a lot of me GONE! Never to return. Glad to see the back of all that lard that was slowing me down. Bet you're the same Acton

  • Definitely - It feels great to be me, rather than me++.

  • That's an amazing time! Really well done to you AHS! Looking fit there too! Your smile shows how proud you are!

  • Amazing time there mate! I was in the white wave and it was a lot of overtaking and weaving required up there too... and it was darn hot and no-one told me about the little "hill-ettes" on those overpasses! Still managed a PB (55:38) though! :)

    That stadium finish was just awesome wasn't it? Chariots of Fire playing and the replay of Mo Farah's race commentary at 400m to go was priceless...

    Great stuff! Well done!

  • Thanks fella and well done on the PB. Chariots of fire might be a bit of a cliche but it worked, didn't it?

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