5K CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RUNNING TOUR 2021
INFO FOR PARTICIPANTS
WHERE TO MEET
Somerset House, next to the big Christmas Tree in front of the ice rink. Entrance on the Strand: WC2R 1LA.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
5-10 minutes before the time on your tickets. There's no need to arrive earlier - we'd hate to see you get cold! Our guides will be there from about 15 minutes before the start time. The tour will leave Somerset House promptly at the start time of the tour - so if you're late you will miss it. For health and safety reasons, we can't have you join us part-way round the tour. If you were late and missed the tour, I'm afraid there's nothing we can do, so please don't get in touch with us on social media or by email to delay the tour if you're late.
HOW LONG WILL THE TOUR TAKE?
How long will the tour take? About 1 hour. We stop regularly for photos and festive history so it could be a little longer.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear running clothes/running shoes and something Christmassy. Fancy dress optional but very much encouraged.
In previous years we have given every runner a Santa hat but for environmental reasons we're not doing so this year. Instead we're hoping you'll wear your own long-lasting festive-wear - and we'll give a prize for the best-dressed tour of the season.
WHERE DOES THE TOUR END?
Back at Somerset House
BAG DROP (Please scroll down for detailed info about bag drop)
We have managed to secure a Bag Drop at the start of the 10k tour but it isn't quite as simple for the 5k tour. Please read carefully and do not arrive at Somerset House at the start time of your tour with bags/coats as THERE IS NO BAG DROP AT SOMERSET HOUSE.
We have a room for bags at the City of London Distillery but this is 0.6 miles away from the start of the 5k tour. With the shorter route, we just couldn't start and end the tour at the Distillery whilst still seeing all the main lights displays. So this is the best solution.
1. Please check that your tour is one of the dates that offers a bag drop service. If it is, and you would like to use the bag drop, head to the City of London Distillery 30-45 minutes before your tour. You will be able to leave your bags at the Distillery via the Secret London Runs 10k guide who will be outside the entrance. Please let the guide know you're doing the 5k so they can allocate your bags to a specific area of the room.
2. Head to Somerset House to start your tour. It's a 0.6 mile (10-15 minute) walk and there are plenty of buses that take 11 minutes going door to door up Fleet Street.
3. Let the 5k guide know that you've used the bag drop. After the tour they'll walk/run with you to the bag drop to open it up and retrieve your bags. Please head straight there with the guide. Feel free to rehydrate in the distillery afterwards.
Please note that all bags are left at your own risk and neither Secret London Runs nor the City of London Distillery are liable for any loss or damage to your property and we recommend that you take your valuables with you. But rest assured that the room will be locked whilst we're out and we'll do our utmost to keep your property safe.
Each tour has a guide pace to keep you in your comfort zone. We are pretty strict on the mantra: "We don't leave anyone struggling at the back". Please double check the pace of your tour and be prepared to run at that pace. If you're lucky enough to be able to run faster than the pace of your tour, then please be prepared for a gentler jog on your tour. We'd appreciate it if you stay behind or next to your tour guide during the tour - this really helps us keep the group together.
WON'T IT GET BUSY WITH SHOPPERS?
We've been doing this a while. And although some areas will be busy, we have designed routes that avoid the crowds as much as possible. Some nights are much busier than others (the first week of December tends to contain one or two nights that are more crowded than we'd like) but it does get pretty quiet. If we do hit some crowds, we'll walk for a couple of minutes and then get back to our run. Please be patient with your guide who will do her/his best to get you sweating again as quickly as we can.
WHAT IF I GET HUNGRY?
Every runner on our Christmas Lights tour will get a complementary BodyHero plant-based protein bar to keep you going.
5K BAG DROP DETAILS
There is NO bag drop at Somerset House.
Please note the dates which have a bag drop service available at The City of London Distillery, 0.6 miles away from Somerset House.
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
Saturday 4th December 4:30pm - (BAG DROP)
Wednesday 1st December 7pm (BAG DROP)
Friday 3rd Dec 6pm - (BAG DROP)
Saturday 11th December 5:30pm - (BAG DROP)
Saturday 18th Dec 4:30pm - (BAG DROP)
The following dates DO NOT have a bag drop service available -
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
Saturday 11th December 6:30pm (NO BAG DROP)
Tuesday 21st December 6pm (NO BAG DROP)
Friday 3rd Dec 5pm (NO BAG DROP)
Monday 13th December 6pm (NO BAG DROP)
Monday 20th December 7:30pm (NO BAG DROP)
Sunday 28th November 5pm (NO BAG DROP)
Friday 17th December 5pm (NO BAG DROP)