A couple of months ago New Balance were offering bloggers a place on a City Jogging Tour in London. I thought it sounded like a lovely idea so I asked them if I could bring a couple of friends to which they said yes and also provided us with a pair of New Balance shoes each to wear on the day (review on those beauties coming soon). I used it as an opportunity to catch up with my London-based blogging buddies that have all given me lots of support and encouragement since we ‘met’ during Janathon 2011 (which seems like yonks ago now!), so I asked Louise, Alma, Rachel, Lorraine and Jo to join me – they all jumped at the chance!
We met at St James Park tube station and set off on the Parks and Palaces tour which took us through St James Park, past Buck Palace and onto Green Park, through Hyde Park and finished at Kensington Gardens. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour – our guide Amy was very knowledgeable as well as being an extremely hardcore runner (her marathon Pb is 3:07!!!). I was the slowest in the group but was never made to feel like I was holding anyone up – for me it was like doing a speed interval session (as Louise described it) as the running bits were 10-11 min miles and we stopped about every quarter to half a mile for Amy to point something out. We ran 4 miles in total which took us around 45 minutes, we even got a cereal bar at the end to reward our efforts.
I would heartily recommend the tour to anyone who wants to see London from a different point of view. It’s a great way for visitors to see things not on the usual sightseeing tours, and equally interesting for people (like me) who think they know London but want to be surprised. Here are a selection of the cool things we saw along the way.