Running to the Beat at London’s Music Half Marathon

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Now in its third year half marathon Run to the Beat saw almost 12,000 runners at the starting line on Sunday at The O2.

After 12 weeks of training and fundraising for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), I was feeling extremely nervous as I took part in my first ever half marathon, doubting if I would actually complete it.  Had the self-imposed ban on my social life been worth it?  The saying “no pain, no gain” was beginning to worry me.

However, once we arrived, the excitement took over as we joined thousands of runners, spectators and a large sound stage which saw Tinie Tempah perform a 15 minute set at the start of the race.

In total there were 14 music stages along the route with a mixture of live music and DJs as well as playlists mixed by Ministry of Sound.  This certainly added to the electric atmosphere of the day.  The spectators were incredibly supportive with many lined up throughout the route – exactly the support you need when you have a few more miles to go!

The 13.1 mile route took runners past some fantastic London sights including the Thames Barrier, the Royal Artillery Barracks and through Greenwich Park.

I loved almost every minute of it!  As a Greenwich resident, the best part for me was reaching Greenwich Park with just three more miles until the finish line and hundreds of supporters lining the way.  Crossing the line at The O2, I was so relieved to complete the run and so happy to have taken part. 

Afterwards, my boyfriend and I, along with our friends, hit the Gypsy Moth pub in Greenwich for a well deserved pint and some lunch which was extremely rewarding after all that training and the run!

If you want to challenge yourself then sign up for next years Run to the Beat and I guarantee you will not only enjoy it but also feel a huge sense of achievement.