24 Miles

13 Mar

Today I did my longest run so far, 24 miles, and won’t be doing that again until the big day. It was a beautiful run though. I started in Bethnal Green and jogged up to join a truly inspirational protest against the ESOL cuts. About 300 ESOL students and their teachers marched from London Fields up to Hackney town Hall. Four students, from Libya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Colombia then grabbed megaphone and told us why ESOL is so important to them. With renewed optimism, I carried on, passing Dalston, Angel, Camden, Little Venice, Notting Hill, Kensington, Battersea, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, Elephant and Castle, Tower Bridge Whitechapel and finally, finally, Bethnal Green. Fantastic. 24 miles in just under 3 hours. I’m on track.

Some advice however: don’t run 24 miles on a fried breakfast, coffee, 1/2 litre of water and a boost. The consequence was dehydration accompanied by vomiting, about which my flat-mate has just sympathetically complained. So ailment list so far:


hematuria (look it up, I did)

sore bum


strained ankle

torn hip flexor

runner’s knee

blisters the size of a tennis ball

Got to be worth a few quid, no? Just Giving Page is coming……..

I’m feeling much better and about to spend a happy hour or two eating. Well done to the (mostly) women of Hackney. You are amazing. Keep fighting.


One Response to “24 Miles”

  1. Emily March 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    That’s what I don’t get…. why do people do it? Getting out of breath is challenging enough for me.

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