Clapham Runners

Small, friendly and fun running club based in Clapham/ Battersea with members of all ages, abilities and experience

Rat Race 2011

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Date: Sunday 25th September
Time: 9-5pm, 8am rendezvous
Location: London (Tower Bridge, Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf, Arsenal, Stoke Newington, St John’s Wood, Mile End and Kennington)

One a rather pleasant late September morning myself, Fiona and her friend also handily called Fiona(meaming I only had to shout one name for the two of them to respond) embarked on cycle tour of London with varous challenges along the way. Over the course of the day we covered 11.2km on foot, 53km on bike, 1km in a kayak and a 20m swim! – why you may ask? Because it is fun and we got to do things that you can’t do otherwise.

Afte a quick challenge on foot (1000 runners in black t-shirts running around central London, bemusing tourists), we cycled to the isle of dogs where we hopped off our bikes to do a spot of orienteering followed by a cold 20m swim in the Thames (in all our race gear – which was lovely as it helped cool us down as we were already working up quite a sweat).

It was then back on our bikes to cycle (whilst getting slightly confused with the directions) to our next water experience kayaking by the Excel centre. From there we cycled to Arsenal and arond the stadium and onwards to Stoke Newington where we had to travese a climbing wall.

From Stoke Newington it was a hop and a skip to Lord’s and the highlight of the day – abseiling down the side of the cricket ground (last year it was the Oval – so if you are a cricket fan this is the race to do).
If that wasn’t enought it was on to Mile End for a little spot of circuit training in the park before heading off to Kennington and the Imperial War Museum where I got to clamber over one of the cannons!
Luckily for us that was the last stop of the day before we cycled off to the finish line crossing it 8hrs and 1 second after we started! It was a fanatastic day, and I would recommend it to anyone. For more of their crazy events check out http://www.ratrace.com/events.aspx

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