14 Jan – Closer Running In The City


Today was low, slow and not too much running, at least that was the plan, but after having trotted towards the City,  there were marauding hordes of runners were coming towards me. All dressed in orange tee-shirts, I think it was Race for Life, although I couldn’t see anything in and around the City. It did cross my mind if they were going running, so could I.

First Kilometre – Towards Shoreditch – there’s a lot of maintenance going on and crane work happening in the City. I feel sluggish and cold, and the track Sunshine on Leith, hasn’t helped at all. But then that refers to sun in Scotland and we all know it’s blinking cold there anyway

Second Kilometre – Back to the City and past where I used to work, Freeze Frame comes on and this Weather oriented playlist, isn’t actually helping me.

Third  and Fourth Kilometres – In and Around the Bank of England, thank heavens Mr Blue Sky comes on, it fools me for at least 3 minutes.

Fifth and Sixth Kilometres I now enter into the City proper, and go past Lloyds of London, Fenchurch St – the white building is another of the places I used to work in London.

Seventh and Eighth – heading homewards I scoot past the Gherkin and Cheesegrater, and decide to pop into Postman’s Park. Postman’s Park has a little covered arcade in which deeds of heroism by ‘ordinary’ people are recorded on the most beautifully glazed panels. There are two panels which always stand out for me – Alice Ayres which was a character’s name in the film Closer and Leigh Pitt. Leigh’s plaque because for years the Trustees wouldn’t permit any new plaques to be raised. Leigh sadly died in 2007 and his family fought long and hard to get his heroism recorded in this little arcade.

Ninth and Last Kilometre – I aim back to Clerkenwell, where I used to live and decide to finish my run if I am able, at Brewery Square (where we used to live), when I get there, I am just a touch under the 9k, so of course I continue until  the 9km is reached at Berry Street and finish it right there.

Despite my promise yesterday, the kilometres weren’t low, but the pace was slow, and I did stop before my Mrs Overall running gait made an appearance.

Having stopped to take pics at various stages, I think I may now do the Monopoly Board run (well not all of it as it’s more than a marathon, but I’ll start choosing the locations and working out routes)


Sunshine On Leith – The Proclaimers

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Freeze Frame – The J Geils Band

On The Road Again – Canned Heat

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

Mr Blue Sky  – E.L.O.

Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Artists For Grenfell

Boogie Nights – KC And The Sunshine Band

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Menzel and Buble

Cold Cold Man – Saint Motel

Thunder Road – The Boss

Fog On The Tyne – Lindisfarne

Warmth – Bastille

Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore

Cold As Ice – Foreigner

Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream


Distance 9.00km

Time 59:01

Average Pace 6:33 (mins/km)

Elevation Gain 60m

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Run Cumulative 43.28

Kms To Do 1974.72 (ouch)

Thanks to Gerben and Jeanne for My Very First On-Line Donation.

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