Our 2023 Route Previewed

The countdown to the 2023 Cancer Research UK London Winter Run has truly begun. Just days remain until 18,000 people will take on our ten kilometre course through the heart of London. Now seems like a good time to take a closer look at the route for this year which features some returning favourites and exciting new additions…


On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 70 years on we are celebrating that achievement with a new feature.

The halfway point (five kilometres in this case) is an important mental boost for any runner. It signifies that 50% of the work is done and that the journey back to the finish line has begun. At the five-kilometre mark on Sunday 5th February you’ll find our Snowy Summit. As you approach you’ll see distinct Winter Run style mountains with reports of Yetis hiding amongst them. News reports echoing from classic radios as you pass will recreate the moment those first two heroes conquered the world’s highest point. If they can do it, you can complete your own challenge!


No matter the temperature, our penguins are already ready to get the party started. Amongst the grandeur of historic architecture as you run through Bank, huddles of penguins will be dancing to classic dance tracks being pumped out by our Emperor DJ.

It’s hard not to up your pace as you bounce through this feel-good section. It’s always a big favourite.


Belting our classic hits live, this superb choir is made up of over 20 singers. A great experience to run through, plus a wonderful spot to spectate.

As well as the Rock Choir there will also be live performances as you run by:


No Cancer Research UK London Winter Run would be the same without our iconic polar bears waiting at the finish line. You’ll find our friendly characters waiting after you’ve picked up your commemorative medal and a can of water. They are always happy to pose for selfies and to offer a warming post-run hug!


Who let the dogs out? That we are still trying to solve. The result is a pack of excitable huskies ready to offer high-fives to all our participants, sure to give you an energy boost as you make your way past the Strand’s legendary surroundings.


Clear the runway! Look out for HOKA Fly Zone motivators as you soar down the final stretches of the event on iconic Whitehall. Expect banners, flags and plenty of verbal encouragement to uplift your spirits before crossing that long-awaited finish line. Just make sure to come back down to earth to collect your medal!


This is just a taste of what is to come this Sunday. It’s always nice to have a few surprises too! See you on the start line…