Wednesday, 16 May 2012

BHF Tower of London Jog 2012

For the first time in recent memory (we’ve run the Tower Jog every year since 2004) a grey, stormy day faced us last Wednesday. The downpour that drenched us as we made our way to the Tower did not make running in a moat an appealing prospect! Umbrellas for sale outside the tube station were proving as popular as Boris Johnson had been a week before.

Overall turnout was definitely lower than in previous years, but the British Heart Foundation volunteers were all smiles and happy to see all the runners and supporters who were there. Team GG Fit was out in force with 5 runners – Carly, Nadia, Leigh, Al & Guy, and spirits were high.
Miraculously, the skies cleared as the warm-up started, and we set-off for 12 laps of the Tower at 4.30pm. The going was definitely soft to heavy, which slowed the pace somewhat, but we were all happy to finish the 10km route in an hour. It was good to see old colleagues from Bottomline, Santander and Co-Operative Bank on the way around. One of the great things about the BHF Tower Jog is that all ages and abilities can run/jog/walk as many laps as you like. Many were clearly going for 10k personal bests, but for others, walking one lap after a recent heart bypass operation was an even bigger achievement.
You can start the BHF Tower Jog anytime until 7pm, but late arrivals were welcomed by the return of the rain, so we decamped for refreshments to a nearby hostelry, and to plan our return to form at the BHF Canary Wharf Jog on 23 May 2012.
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