Thames Path Challenge – two and a bit weeks…
Just over two weeks to go until the Thames Path Challenge 50k and things are looking up. My long run on the weekend went well, completing the planned 30km of my amended schedule. It was also a hilly 30km spent almost solely on trail so probably worth 32-35km as a flat run, so I feel like I’m not that far behind where I wanted to be. In terms of distance I’m probably one week behind my schedule, although I’m far off the pace I was hoping for. However, as I said in my previous post, given all the things which have been detrimental to my running leading up to this race, being able to complete is the goal.
Anyway, that’s enough about TPC – it seems to be all I talk and write about lately!
Instead, I’d thought I’d share some pics of my run commute. I live in East London, in trendy but terrible-sounding Haggerston; and work in beautiful but also terrible-sounding Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge.
Starting from work, my commute takes me through Shad Thames and the delightful converted warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, onto the banks of the Thames.
Passing Tower Bridge I continue along the bank-side through More London, with views across the river to the Tower of London.
Shortly after I pass the Greater London Assembly (basically the Town Hall of Greater London – where BoJo works), which looks suspiciously like someone modelled the building on a melting mango.
Moving on, I pass HMS Belfast as she sits provocatively opposite from The City – London’s famous Square Mile financial district. There’s a metaphor in that I’m sure…
A bit of a water-fountain to dodge (or run through on hot balmy evenings);
then onto the very solid looking London Bridge (get it – because it’s not ‘falling down, falling down’? Well, I amuse myself at any rate…) where I get a glimpse of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral as I mount the steps to the bridge-way itself.
At the mid-point across the bridge I’m rewarded with a view back to Tower Bridge in the distance. As I work my way up through Monument I pass this ‘beauty’, the aptly nicknamed ‘Walkie-Talkie’ office building nearing completion.
Rumour has it that one sunny day, the concave surface focussed the sun onto a man’s Jaguar and melted all the interiors, and that’s why the screening is hanging temporarily over the glass. I’m not sure what they plan to do when they finish it and have to take the screening off? Issue everyone in the area free sun-block and sunglasses whenever the sun is shining?!?
Northwards from Monument I start fighting the crowds on the footpath as I get into the Liverpool street business district which seems to be dominated by large modern skyscraper office and residential blocks, many of which carry the same design theme…
Pretty quickly the crowds lesson as I get into the smaller scale and much cooler vibe of Shoreditch;
and then Hoxton, as I work my way towards Haggerston and the Regent’s canal – home.
So that’s my run commute. Just over 5km, past some of the great attractions of London, bustling business hubs, hipster areas with impossibly cool looking people in cafe windows, a bit of grimy East London and then home to my little sanctuary overlooking the Regents Canal, which in itself is a great place to run.
Who else has a run-commute that they enjoy?
Happy running everyone!
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