Many people seemed interested in where I went running in Kampala last year, and since I’ve been running even more this year in London, it seems high time to show you all some of my running routes here.
Of course, there are many more places conducive to running in London than in Kampala. Not only are there more pedestrianised spaces, but there are also traffic laws regulating non-pedestrianised ones. Imagine!
One thing that is less interesting about my runs here is the elevation profile. Unlike my winding ascents on Kololo Hill, my runs here are rather flat, which is much more pleasant, even if it does less for training purposes.
Here is a visual tour of one of my shorter (5.35 miles if you must know) routes:
I start by running up Morecambe Street. All too often on a windy day, trash from nearby East Street market is strewn about. Don’t worry, things will get prettier.
A short spell in St. Mary’s Churchyard
A run through some residential streets is punctuated by West Square. Sadly, most of the pink blossoms have fallen off the trees.
Next, a quick jaunt through the grounds of the Imperial War Museum
The unsettling feeling of having to run by the giant cannons has mostly dissipated by now
A few turns after exiting the museum grounds, I enter a William Blake themed tunnel…
At the end of the tunnel is Archbishop’s Park, so named because it abuts Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury
But it’s not until running out the other side of the park and crossing the road that the palace comes into view
Shortly thereafter, I turn onto the Albert Embankment. Things start to get a bit more crowded here, but I’m usually able to maintain my pace
The steps up to Westminster Bridge. Helps to mix up my workout a bit
And we’re on Westminster Bridge!
This is the section of my route where my bobbing and weaving skills sometimes prove no match for the teeming hordes
But just past Westminster Palace is Victoria Tower Gardens. In here, you would hardly believe that you’re literally right next to one of the most touristed sites in the world…
…In fact, I felt I needed to take a picture looking the other way to establish the proximity
Looking across the Thames. Lambeth Bridge, which I’ll soon cross, is on the right; Lambeth Palace on the left.
The view from Lambeth Bridge. You might recognise it from the banner at the top of our blog.
A quick dash through St. Mary’s Gardens right after crossing the bridge.
After a short stretch along Lambeth Road, a narrow path leads back to Archbishop’s Park
One more loop around Archbishop’s Park and then it’s back down the tunnel, homeward bound.
Pretty scenic for such a short run, innit? More to come later.