5 things you don’t want to miss at the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run this year

We hope you’re looking forward to the race on Sunday. It’s set to be the BIGGEST Winter Run ever! Let others know you’re running the race by using our awesome Facebook overlay and follow events on the day by using the hashtag #WinterRun. Here are 5 things you might not have known about the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run:

1. Olympic Fever

With the Winter Olympics in Pyongchang starting this Friday, there is Olympic fever in the air at the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run. Keep your eyes peeled because our race ambassador for this year’s event is Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s first ever Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Amy Williams.

Amy, who won skeleton gold at Vancouver in 2012, will be joining you out on the route so make sure you give her a wave! We are also delighted to announce that Pride, official Team GB Olympic Mascot, will be joining Amy and you will be able to meet them both by the podium in Trafalgar Square after the race!

2. Yetis in London

Have you heard? There’s a yeti on the loose! But don’t worry because we’ve got our best people on the case! Marty and Martha are trained in the art of Yeti tracking having spent a decade in pursuit of the elusive beast in the Himalayas. Equipped with the best polar gear, binoculars and a specialised Yeti net, they have traced the Yeti to a cave in central London.

With Yeti risk at a maximum, we encourage all of our runners to remain vigilant when running out on the course. Make sure you give Marty and Martha some help as Yeti tracking can be a lonely and futile task!

3. Mind the Gap

Did you know there are five tube stations on the London Winter Run route! Can you name them all? The oldest dates as far back as 1871, one saw the filming of James Bond’s Skyfall, and two of our stations opened on the same day, 30th July 1900. Tick them off as your make your way around the route. [Answers at the bottom of the page.]

4. Celebratory Ice Bath

“Recovery is the ultimate preparation”: the words of Optimum Nutrition, our official event nutrition partner. So why not give your 2018 a boost once you’ve finished the race at the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Zone in Trafalgar Square? Here you’ll find GOLD STANDARD 100% WHEY PROTEIN, advice from experts in nutrition and for the brave, Optimum Nutrition ice baths. Optimum Nutrition will be on the finish line handing out their protein-whipped chocolate bars and they are welcoming the first 250 runners who make it back to their stand with a limited-edition shaker and full shake!

5. The Most Surreal Thing You’ll See This Weekend – Probably

What do you call a polar bear on a penny farthing? Sounds like the start to a bad joke doesn’t it! This year the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run will be led (for the whole 10 kilometres) by a polar bear on a penny farthing! Try and catch a glimpse of what will undoubtedly be a spectacle to behold whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat (winterrunuk) or if you’re lucky enough in the flesh… or should that be fur?


Quiz Answers
Chancery Lane, St Paul’s, Bank, Mansion House and Charing Cross.