The Bupa London 10KOur sub-editor Philip Wilding takes on the Bupa London 10K
June 22, 2012
How much parking was available at the race?There wasn’t any, but I tend to frown on people who drive their car so they can go for a run, so it wasn’t an issue. The race was easily accessible from Green Park tube (you literally walked out on to the assembly point in the park) or you could walk from Victoria Station, which was, and still is, 15 minutes away.
We weren’t in the race pen – we warmed up on the grass on the other side. Though the walk down to the start was a bit of a bottleneck past the building site that was to become the stage and seating for the Queen’s Jubilee.
How long were you held in the race pen at the start?
To the very second as far as I could tell
Did the race start on time?
Fuel and facilities
How many water stations did the race have?Not enough given that it was about 28 degrees, not that anyone could known that it would be so very hot before the race began. So it was one out and one on the way back and only one sprinkler system and that was as we were leaving not when we were dragging ourselves home.
How many fuel stations did the race have?There was the great Bupa boost Zone at the finish line, giving out free Jelly Babies! You could also get a sports massage or line-up for a rub down, so you felt well looked after.
How long did you have to queue for the toilets?Hours, but that’s because I was dopey enough to find the first queue – the most obvious one – and stand in it. Last year, I walked a bit further in and got a cubicle in a matter of minutes.
How would you describe the course?Relatively flat and the two inclines are hardly Heartbreak Hill material. If it hadn’t been for the searing heat it would have been a nice route to run around.
Where were the best views of the course?
The evocative Leadenhall Market in the city, where they had a lot of drummers, it was a real explosion of sound and a much needed boost. Heading down Embankment’s always a thrill too, but the unrelenting temperature really made those last few miles feel never ending.