WALKERS AND ALL LEVELS OF RUNNER WELCOME.
BSL OPTION AVAILABLE.

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We're delighted to invite you to the first ever Secret London Runs Festival weekend - a joy-filled weekend of running, walking and exploring London with the Secret London Runs community!

Over the weekend, we'll be hosting special versions of our favourite running tours for all levels of runner. We've adapted lots of our tours for walking too - because many members of our lovely community are walkers, others might be injured and some of you might want to mix up running and walking over the weekend. All these events are beautifully punctuated with a series of social events so you can meet fellow Secret London Runners over a sandwich - or a gin or three.

WALKERS AND ALL LEVELS OF RUNNER WELCOME.

THE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY 27 AUGUST

AFTERNOON WALKS

Starting the festival with two walks open for everyone. Come to both, one or neither!

AN EVENING OF DARK TOURS

Choose a tour and enjoy the social at its finish-point

WALKERS AND ALL LEVELS OF RUNNER WELCOME.
BSL TICKETS AVAILABLE.

THE SCHEDULE
SATURDAY 28 AUGUST

CHOOSE A MORNING TOUR

LUNCH

12pm - 2pm

Picnic lunch in a secret park near Bank (details released after booking).

AFTERNOON DASH

THE FIRST ON-LOCATION 90 MINUTE DASH (2:30pm)

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This team treasure hunt has kept us smiling as a virtual event through lockdown. But at the festival, we're coming together to Dash in the same place at the same time! You can either choose your team or we'll allocate you one.

This Dash is in a secret location near St Paul's cathedral, revealed after booking. No experience needed.

Nearest tube Blackfriars.

EVENING: 6:30PM - LATE

PARTY TIME AT RUDDS BAR, EC4V 4BY

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A private event in the heart of the City of London for Secret London Runs Festival go-ers.
 

OPTIONAL FOOD

From Rudds' amazing Thai kitchen, in an informal setting. Bar food also available.
Menu here.

MASS PASS THE PARCEL

The best organised fun you can have!

A SHORT LIVE QUIZ

Hosted by Josh, the host of the Secret London Runs lockdown quiz.

*British Sign Language tickets are available for Saturday. One interpreter will be at the festival in the following capacity:
 

  • To sign the most popular tour requested in BSL upon sign up on Saturday morning. We hope you understand that we can't provide an interpreter for every tour available, so we'll provide the most popular tour in BSL. Please cast your vote when you sign up.

  • To sign the briefing for the 90 Minute Dash on Saturday afternoon (the rest of the treasure hunt is completed using apps and messaging systems on phones).

  • To sign the live quiz at the party on Saturday evening.

This will make each activity session on the Saturday of our festival accessible for deaf runners. We really hope that you'll join us!

WALKERS AND ALL LEVELS OF RUNNER WELCOME.

THE SCHEDULE
SUNDAY 29 AUGUST

CHOOSE A MORNING TOUR

GIN-ISH LINE DRINKS 2pm

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Drinks at the City of London Distillery to celebrate the end of the festival with awards ceremony.

TICKETS

FULL 3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS (FROM £64)

In for a penny...

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Festival Buff, sent in the post prior to the event;

2 Friday afternoon walking tours;

Choice of dark running or walking tour on Friday night + social afterwards;

Choice of Saturday morning running or walking tour;

The first on-location 90 Minute Dash (Saturday afternoon);

The Secret London Runs Party - entry to our private party with games and quizzes;

Choice of Sunday morning running or walking tour;

Entry to our private opening of the City of London Distillery on Sunday afternoon for awards;

What's not included?
Food and drink. If you come to the beer or gin tour, please select that option when you book to cover the costs of your alcohol. 

SATURDAY DAY TICKETS (FROM £51)

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Festival Buff, sent in the post prior to the event;

Choice of Saturday morning running or walking tour;

The first on-location 90 Minute Dash (Saturday afternoon);

The Secret London Runs Party - entry to our private party with games and quizzes;

FLEXI-TICKETS (FROM £51)

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Festival Buff, sent in the post prior to the event;

Choice of any 2 running or walking tours over the fetival, or the Live 90 Minute Dash as one of your options;

Socials  - entry to our private party with games and quizzes on Saturday night and the drinks ceremony at the City of London Distillery. 

Secret London Runs Festival Weekend
When
Aug 27, 12:00 PM – Aug 29, 4:00 PM
Where
London, UK

FAQs

1. How fast do I need to be?


The Secret London Runs Festival is an inclusive event for our whole community.
At every event time-slot there's a walking option. So you can come and walk for the whole weekend. Secret London Runs is not about pace and PBs. We're about exploring London together. We always move at the pace of the gentlest person in the group - and we don't leave anyone behind. But we do find that runners are more comfortable if they are in groups with others of a similar pace. So we will be providing approximate paced groups so that you can join one in your comfort zone. If there are 2 paces of running group available, we expect there to be: a) A Sub 11 minute mile pace (You're comfortable running 5k in under 34 minutes) b) Gentler than 11 minute mile pace (Gentler than 34 minutes for a 5k) If there are 3 paces of running group available, we expecct there to be: a) A Sub 11 minute mile pace (You're comfortable running 5k in under 34 minutes)
b) 11-13 minute mile pace (You're comfortable running 5k in 34-38 minutes) c) Gentler than 13 minute mile pace (38 minutes for a 5k +) Other tours are for 'all paces of runner' - if you join one of these paces and you're a confident runner, please expect to run gentler than your usual running pace. We always run at the pace of the gentlest runner in the group - and we don't leave anyone behind. When sorting out the schedules based on your preferences, we will take a look at your pace and make sure that you're not wildly different to the rest of the pack for your own comfort. This is why we will be asking participants to give us a first and second choice for each session when they book their activities (see question 2 for more information on this).




3. Do you have a bag drop/showers?


I'm afraid that the festival is too sprawled over London for us to provide a bag drop. We recommend packing light and bringing a small backpack. We do, however, recommend Luggage Heroes, a luggage storage service with locations offered across London. If you're only coming for the day, but want to shower between the running events and evening social, take a look at RunFriendly - they have a network of showers in London!




4.  If I can't make the festival, can I have a refund?


Tickets aren't refundable but you can give/sell them to somebody else. If we have to cancel the event due to COVID restrictions, you are guaranteed a full refund.




6. What do I need to bring with me?


You don't need your ticket - just wear your event buff (which will be sent to you in the post before the event) and give your name at the start of each event. We recommend bringing a backpack and drinks/snacks.




2. When can I book my activities?


We hope you understand that, as this is our first festival, we need a little bit of data from those people who sign up to help us firm up the schedule, enabling you to book your activities. For example, we have no idea how many people will want to walk the festival. We've provided a schedule so you can book your ticket now. This is subject to change based on logistics, but we hope there won't be too many alterations needed to this schedule. On the 4th July, we'll email everyone who has booked a ticket with a form to book in their activities for each session. When you fill in this form, we'll ask you to give a first and second choice activity for each session. At the end of July, we'll confirm your activities along with a full programme with all the details you'll need for each event on the schedule. And although we hope to give you your first choice, we may revert to your second choice if some tours/paces are over/undersubscribed, or for pacing reasons.




5. What happens if the festival is cancelled due to Covid?


You'll get a guaranteed 100% refund.




7. I'm worried about COVID in central London. How will you keep me safe?


Although we have 150 spaces available at the Secret London Runs festival, each tour is a small event with 10-20 people attending. So it's a series of mini-events, meaning that you won't be in a big group of people whilst you're running. The majority of events at the festival are in the City of London. This part of London is always like a ghost town (or a big playground!) at the weekends. And it's still very quiet in the week with most people still remote-working. There are three events where the above does not apply: 1. The 90 Minute Dash On-Location
We plan to do the briefing for this team treasure hunt with all teams in the same place. But, if the R rate goes up, or you're uncomfortable, we'll provide a link for you to join virtually. Then each member of each team will be working separately to find as many of the items on the list as they can for their team. The location for this event is in the City of London - which is very quiet on Saturday afternoons.
2. The Big Party on Saturday Night We've hired one venue for private hire for all participants at the festival. Rudds bar is a large venue, with a capacity much bigger than our estimated number of attendees. So we won't all be crammed in. By this time, we hope there will be no restrictions on socialising, but we'll adapt to whatever they throw at us! 3. Gin-ishing Ceremony at the City of London Distillery (Sunday) This is an inside venue - one of our favourite venues in London, where you can drink with a view of the copper stills. Again, it's a large venue with a bigger capacity than what we expect to fill on the day. If restrictions change, we'll switch to an outdoor venue. Our events are all taking part in central London to minimise the need for use of public transport. Your safety is the most important thing for us. Everything that we do will be in line with England Athletics and government guidelines. Please get in touch with vanessa@secretlondonruns.com if you have any concerns.





WHY COME TO THE SECRET LONDON RUNS FESTIVAL?

1. SPEND A WEEKEND WITH THE AMAZING SECRET LONDON RUNS COMMUNITY

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2. EXPERIENCE SECRET LONDON RUNS FIRST HAND, AS FEATURED IN:

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