I'm very lucky that I have a boyfriend who will agree to do ridiculous things with me. Especially on a Saturday night! This weekend it was the Supernova London run. A 5km around the Olympic Park wearing head torches.
I must admit, I thought this was going to be a badly organised novelty race that wasn't going to be much fun. I WAS SO WRONG.
The race starts at the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture/observation tower (had to look that up) which looks pretty cool at night!
The route itself is a 5km with a few sharp turns. I loved the sections along the canal, it was pretty dark so the head torches were definitely needed here! The route is flat apart from an incline on the bridge and a steeper one just before the 4km mark when you leave the water-side path.
I managed to keep the pace up the whole way around which doesn't always happen when I'm running with Ste! So we think this was a 5km PB. Honestly, didn't think I was capable of that at the moment so I'm pretty pleased.
- Super organised. They set you off in waves based on predicted finish time which meant no bottle necks or darting around people at the start of the race
- You get a free head torch - never know when that might come in handy!
- Water and snacks in a goody bag at the end. Including a little pouch to protect your brand new head torch
- Running along and looking back to see a wave of bouncing lights behind you is surprisingly impressive!
- My head torch had been dropped in a puddle (I hope anyway - could have been something worse!) so the straps were a bit soggy
- At one point, there was some kids on bikes that were very annoying. They were riding alongside some of the runners and weaving in and out. Silly boys...
- The KFC I ate to 'refuel' afterwards...
I would definitely run this again. It was perfectly organised and really fun. Plus, you get a free head torch - what more could you want?!