London Landmarks Half Marathon


At a time when a few harriers might have been nursing hangovers from the annual Party I took myself into London for the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. As the name suggests, the run takes in a lot of London’s famous sights: London eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bank of England, Tower of London, Big Ben etc. As you can see from my strava map the route was very twisty!

A combination of the twisty route or inaccurate GPS meant I missed out on an official PB, finishing in 1:44:36, covering 13.78 miles. This put me 1007 out of 9683 runners and 147th in my age group.

My unofficial time for 13.1 miles was 1:39:31 which would have been a big PB. In any case, I was just pleased with how I ran after a couple of months of interrupted training.

I don’t know if any other Harriers ran as I can’t search the results by club but I’m sure they’ll let themselves be known if they did run.

1st male home was Ben Green in 1:10:57 and 1st female was Joanne McCandless in 1:22:44 (no idea which clubs they’re from!)

The race was very well organised and support was superb. My only gripe would be that all of the pacers set off at the front so when you’re about 2000 people behind it made it impossible to take advantage of the pacers.

1st and 2nd place was taken by son and father breaking the combined world record time in 2hrs 24 mins.

 Alex Taylor