Last year I was lucky enough, through the business I co-own, to work on the inaugural City of London Mile race – a one mile hurtle around the streets in the Square Mile, starting and finishing in the shadow of St Pauls Cathederal. Now I will come clean and say that I am not a huge fan of the mile as a running distance – I guess I started too late in life to be a quick runner and I prefer the combined mental and physical challenge that longer races present to the all-out-all-painful gallop that a mile requires. But I had run one before and I knew that whilst it was undoubtedly a painful event, it was also over quickly.
This year the City Mile team again asked us at freestak to work on the race and we gladly accepted. The race is growing in numbers and profile now that the first year proved to be such a success and with the backing of the headline sponsors, Amba Hotels, the race is completely, utterly and totally free for everyone to enter. Yep, that’s right – no entry fee whatsoever.
So you can run a super-well organised race, on closed roads in the heart of one of the greatest cities on earth… for nothing. And – if it is important to you – you get all the usual paraphernalia as well. There are no corners cut.
If you fancy the challenge (and I really recommend that you do have a go) you can now sign up here. I reckon that despite training (erm, I’ll get started soon, I promise!) for a summer of ultras, I’m going to be there giving it my all for a handful of minutes. I mean, it’s free – why wouldn’t you?