Lucy & Simon take to the streets of London

Vitality London 10k

On Sunday (24th September, 2023) our very own physiotherapist, Lucy and marketing & business consultant, Simon, took to the street of London with 15,000 other runners for the Vitality London 10k.

The iconic course starts on The Mall and takes you on a journey through the streets of the capital past some of the most recognisable sights in the world. St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.

The event attracts some of the best elite runners around, and fresh off his Big Half win a few weeks ago, beating the likes of Sir Mo Farah, Jack Rowe, took the title with an incredible time of 28 minutes 13 seconds.

After a chaotic start, with thousands of runners not receiving their bib numbers before the event, the race got underway just after 10am on a sunny Sunday morning in London.

After the race Lucy said: “To be able to run around London with the streets closed for the race was amazing. I’ve just started running again and I’d forgotten how much I love the challenge of a race.”

“Running past so many iconic landmarks was such a privilege, and the crowds were insane, with so much support for all the different charities represented on the day, the feel good factor in the air was a joy to be part of.”

Lucy was taking part in her 2nd 10k in a matter of weeks, having completed the Aintree 10k last month. Ever the competitor, after representing England as a stunt horse rider, Lucy was chasing a PB, after setting an impressive time at Aintree of 49mins 55secs.

“I’m very competitive with myself and wanted to beat my time I set a few weeks ago….. and I did!!”

Lucy took nearly a minute and a half off her PB, with a time of 48mins 29secs. An incredible achievement in just her second race back. WELL DONE LUCY!

After suffering from a hip issue Simon hadn’t run properly for 7 weeks leading up to the race but used the Radcliffe Group Philosophy to maintain a good level of fitness.

“I’d been struggling with a hip issue for several weeks. I’m a typical runner and just want to run, but decided to turn to the tried and tested RG philosophy to maintain and condition, whilst I was off my feet. Adding the WattBike protocol of sprints and endurance instead of my runs, and the RG approach to strength and conditioning to rehab and build strength in my legs and glutes.”

“In such a short space of time the results were amazing. I was worried I would not be able to sustain a race pace, but I felt the strongest I’ve ever been in a race. The pace wasn’t quite there as in previous races but the Wattbike training certainly helped maintain a level of fitness I didn’t think possible with 7 weeks without running. It will be a big part of my training moving forward”.

Simon finished in a time of 39mins 10secs his 3rd fastest 10k, and with very little running in his training in the build up, this is a great example of the Radcliffe Group Philosophy helping an athlete to continue to train despite an injury.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you through an injury and use the Radcliffe Group Philosophy to continue to train and come back stronger, contact us today!

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