Thousands of runners have visited the city of London with the first 10k mass since the blockage restrictions were lifted.
Roads in central London were closed as ASICS London 10k runners wiped out the landmark landscape to the sounds of cheering crowds and entertainers on the streets.
Race director Ian Alerton said, “Popular participation, as many runners helped raise more than 200 charities in hopes of marking the beginning of a new season for safe running events in 2021.” It’s an important day for the industry. “
TV presenter and activist Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, officially started the race before becoming one of up to 14,000 runners on the course.
Her practice was to raise money for a rehab center, and she later said she had “such a wonderful day.”
Piper said it was “really powerful” to see that the race benefited her mental health and the others who participated.
The organizers said they have worked closely with the Westminster City Council and the UK Public Health Services for the past six months to ensure that the event is “COVID safe”.
The annual mass participation event, called “London’s Best Summer Running Celebration,” was previously canceled due to a pandemic.
The 2021 route was brought to life by live bands and DJs every 1 km (0.6 miles) to assist runners racing past landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye. I did.
Andrew Hayes won the men’s race in 29 minutes and 25 seconds, and Natasha Kokram crossed the line first in the women’s run with a record of 33 minutes and 37 seconds. Bethany Evans is a wheelchair event in 40 minutes and 42 seconds.
Hayes said: “I really enjoyed the sight and am very excited to be back 18 months later.”
Cockram added: Since the pandemic, I have only been able to train on the track.
“It’s very exciting to go out on the big and wide roads. I want to do it again.”
The event took place the day after thousands of adult jogging and pedestrians in the UK stringed trainers and participated in a 5km park run in a local park for the first time since the blockage was eased.