THE LIVE COVERAGE WILL BEGIN AT 08:30
Welcome to the Official Live Coverage page of the 2021 Winter Run. Here you will be able to keep up to date with everything going on in the event throughout the day.
We’re really excited to see how our amazing runners will spread Winter Run magic to wherever they are today, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK in the process.
We want to see how you're taking on this challenge. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WinterRun
The Live Coverage will start at 08:30am.
PS. got a friend who wants to take part? They can still sign up and get involved here!
WE ARE LIVE.
We are 90 mins away from the start of the 2021 Winter Run and I think it’s fair to say, this edition is going to be a little different…
For obvious reasons, we cannot spend the day together. Over the last twelve months we have all been forced to adapt and that is why this year, we are asking runners to take on this challenge from the comfort – or should I say discomfort – of their own running trails.
Runners of course are used to adaptation be it to terrain or to injury or to the weather. Let us know how you are taking on today's challenge on social media using #WinterRun
TRAIN HARD, PLAY HARD
Many of you have been training through this toughest of tough winters. You’ve taken on the elements, the pandemic and the everything else CRAZY that is going on in the world at the moment to ensure that you are ready for today. Let’s take a look at some of you in action:
My @WinterRunUK running stuff arrived.— Keep Running Will (@KeepRunningWill) February 4, 2021
On Sunday, imagine this + a penguin onesie ?
Getting a bit real now
I know I've done 10ks before but still butterflies
All this running for a great cause @CR_UK
Please donate if you canhttps://t.co/mz9iOqmpew#WinterRun #KeepRunningWill pic.twitter.com/eN25vVQIu0
@VirginRadioUK Thanks Chris for the honk for all taking part in the #VirtualWinterRun this Sunday!#TheAlthorpRunners running & raising for Cancer Research UK (@cr_uk) any help appreciated!https://t.co/hmG3jUMGL3@WinterRunUK #WinterRun @TheAlthorp pic.twitter.com/ytZALDNLWn— Reuben Cook (@reubencook) February 5, 2021
SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME
As has been the case for a number of weeks, many people in the UK will be able to enjoy a sprinkling of snow today. Whilst this might make your post run Instagram selfie all the more pretty, it can make running a little treacherous.
If you are running today we recommend that you take your time and wear lots of layers – especially a waterproof! Why not ask a member of your household to run by your side?
FEET UP IN FRONT OF THE FIRE
With inclement weather looming, many of you have already completed your 10k challenge. If you have finished, keep us informed about how you got on? By the looks of it, many of you already have using #WinterRun
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING TODAY?
Thousands of us are taking part today for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK won’t stop working towards making progress for people affected by cancer. But now more than ever, Cancer Research UK need support. Thank you for taking part and fundraising.
We want to hear from you!
#WINTERRUN ON Social Media
Sam in Harrogate on Twitter – Taking on my first #WinterRun this year. Take care out there everyone! VERY snowy…but worth it to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK!
Freya in Surrey on Twitter – Because of covid we can’t run in London this year but so pleased everyone has raised so much money for Cancer Research UK! Well done all xxx
THE WARM BEFORE THE STORM
Only 40 minutes to go until we kick off Winter Run ’21. It’s always important to warm up and cool down before a run so that you can avoid injury – especially with today’s cold weather.
Much like many things in last twelve months, this year’s warm up is accessible digitally by clicking on the video below. The warm up is being hosted by Auro, who have been providing you with training plans and virtual audio runs throughout your training. You can out more about Auro here.
CRUNCH THE NUMBERS
No doubt many of you will be having a final snack roundabout now. Perhaps, like Tanya, you're laying all your kit out on your bed and thinking 'Am I going to be warm enough?'.
I ran yesterday with my Official Winter Run number pinned to my technical tee. It was a great feeling to be going through the motions of preparing for a race after so a long time without being able to.
BADGE OF HONOUR
One of our favorite aspects of this year’s Winter Run are the badges that you’ve all been earning whilst clocking up the miles.
Badges can be obtained for running a number of distances, either during a one off run or cumulatively.
Bear Chills has been doing his best to pick up as many as possible, including the badge named after him, The Bear Chills Badge.
One of the most popular is the Friluftsliv badge. Friluftsliv means embracing the outdoors in the winter months – something many of you will be trying to do today!
Good luck to all who are out there or are yet to complete their #WinterRun— Petra E (@The_Mrs_E) February 7, 2021
I have decided to get out nice and early before park gets busy. It was drizzling first then it turned to snow. I can truly say I Conquered the Cold @WinterRunUK https://t.co/3SaOH4UiXS pic.twitter.com/4l9bHF37Lp
CATWALK OR RUN THIS 10K
TEN MINUTES TO GO.
By now I would expect that you are kitted out and raring to go.
How are your nerves?
Those of you fortunate enough to have fundraised for Cancer Research UK might be wearing your jazzy Winter Run gear. Winter Runners are by default, the best dressed runners around but this year’s kit might be the best we’ve ever produced. It’s simply gorgeous, if we may say so.
ICE ICE BABY
The Official London Winter Run playlist (called Penguin Party) is available on Spotify here. Why not listen to it while you run?
Remember, we want to hear everything about your day today! Since we’re not together in Trafalagar Square it matters all the more that you share your experience on social media #WINTERRUN
THE IMPORTANT BIT
Let’s not forget why many of us are taking on Winter Run this year.
The affect of the pandemic on charities everywhere has been devastating. At Winter Run HQ we are extremely proud of our runners and how much they have been able to fundraise for Cancer Research UK. To save lives tomorrow, Cancer Research UK need your support today.
We are approaching a record breaking figure and one big push might take us further than we’ve ever been before. For that we must say THANK YOU.
A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
Best of luck and a huge thank you to the 10,000 people taking on the virtual #WinterRun today. This year may be different, but I’ll still be cheering you on from the virtual side lines! @winterrunuk pic.twitter.com/QhAkI3dBDW— Michelle Mitchell (@Michelle_CRUK) February 7, 2021
THE 2021 WINTER RUN IS UNDERWAY
AND WE’RE OFF. WINTER RUN 21 IS UNDERWAY.
At Winter Run HQ, we’re fascinated to see where you are running today.
Is your course hilly or flat? Is it busy or quiet? Are you running alone or with a partner?
Running can take many different forms and we’d love to see how you run! Share your experience using
SNAPS FROM THE STARTLINE
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THE REAL BEAST IN THE EAST
?????? Ooh dear, it’s bbbbbbbrickin’ freezing’ out here! Setting off to do @WinterRunUK in proper wintery Kyiv today. Tad colder than last time I ran event in London. No records being set today, except hopefully for @CR_UK fundraising. Donations at: https://t.co/zOIMFizvHR ?????? pic.twitter.com/2jikllqiMI— Bruce Edwards ???? (@AUinUA) February 7, 2021
FROM THE COMFORT OF THE CAR
Incredibly proud of hubby for his 10k #WinterRun for Cancer Research UK today! Guess what? -1 is freezing... says me from warm car ??. Thanks @SumayyahEnglish @MrsQuickEnglish @ComputerSc_CHSB @Aabid_Khan_ and friends for your kind support. #HappySunday? pic.twitter.com/1CCublBZ4j— Patrice Evans (@DrPEvans) February 7, 2021
HANDS, SPACE, RACE
If you’re a Winter Run regular, you’ll be familiar with our mascots Bear Chills, our resident Polar Bear and Blizzard, our flippin’ brilliant penguin.
At London Winter Run, you can enjoy a high five from husky and hug from a Polar bear. The event is renowned for it’s incredible support and the brrrrrilliantly fun course right through the heart of centreal London! Who is out supporting you today?
Send us in your finish line where you are using the #WINTERUN
'HERE SHE COMES'
SEE HOW YOU COMPARE
Running 10k today will mean you appear on our bespoke event day leaderboard! You can see how you compare to the other people running today here. We’re a competitive bunch over at Winter Run HQ and leaderboards for fundraising and total distance ran are also available on our homepage.
If you enjoyed our Auro Warm up earlier this morning, you’re going to love this. WE’VE ALSO PREPARED AN AURO COOL DOWN which is ready for you as soon as you have finished your run! If you want to find out more about Auro, either scroll down or you can simply click here.
CROSSING THE FINISH LINE TOGETHER
#WinterRun done! Difficult conditions today but the sponsorship raised encourage me to keep going even when it was getting very slippery under foot. Well done everyone who has got out and completed their run today ?????? pic.twitter.com/tvbwvJeiil— Kevin Quilter (@kevinquilter) February 7, 2021
YOU HAVE NO AUTHORITY HERE JACKIE WEAVER
Bear Chills and Blizzard are arguing again . They can’t decide which of Caitlin and Liv’s post is best!
They frequently argue during the meeting of the Winter Run Parish Council.
If you want to start another argument between Bear Chills and Blizzard (please lord don’t), you can get in touch on social channels using #WINTERRUN
HOW TO CHECK YOU HAVE LOGGED YOU RUN CORRECTLY
Having put so much planning into today, no doubt you'll want confidence when submitting your run...here's how to get it.
Visit the 'My Fitness Activity' of your Winter Run user dashboard to check that your run has synced. If you have not synced your tracking tech, you will also be able to manually upload you run. Before sure you tick the box to verify it as your official Winter Run '21!
WHO HAS COMPLETED THEIR 10KM?
So many of you have done something incredible today and from all of us here at Winter Run, THANK YOU. Unfortunately, our bears can't be with you offer a socially distanced hug but be sure to know that we are beeming hugs across the internet to all of you wonderful participants and fundraisers.
Keep getting in touch and we'll be sharing the best social media posts using the #WINTERRUN
DONATE TO CANCER RESEARCH UK
Look at that fundraising. You can follow our progress live on our homepage as we approach our target. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!
TO SAVE LIVES TODAY, SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH UK TODAY
LONDON SUMMER RUN - 5TH SEPTEMBER 2021
In case you hadn't heard we have just launched a brand new event, the London Summer Run, taking part in central London, past famous landmarks on 5 Sept. Entries are now open for one week only - secure your place now!
ICEBERG STRAIGHT AHEAD
A TITANIC achievement. That time is pretty BelFAST if you ask me.
POET AND PROBABLY KNOWS IT
I’ve run through storms— ???????? ????? (@RunningMrJones) February 6, 2021
I’ve even run in sleet
I’ve misjudged puddles
And got cold, wet feet
I’ve run so early
That it’s still dark
On Saturday mornings
I still run around the park
I’ve done huge long runs
Where I thought I’d break
But when you love running
You do what it takes!
Recycling this joke on all social media platforms today because a year after it was cancelled (because of Storm Ciara! Not even Covid. How quaint) I’ve just completed the Cancer Research UK London 10k #WinterRun around Dulwich in a BLIZZARD, with a HANGOVER, so think I deserve a- https://t.co/IgBFkpD3k8 pic.twitter.com/7UZjNFpfLi— Ed Brody (@chiefbrody1984) February 7, 2021
WINTER RUN FAMILY
We miss you! Our amazing runners!
WHO ELSE HAS PB'D TODAY?
£600 and a pb?! Nice work Juliette!
WE DID IT! My 2nd #winterrun for @cr_uk today raised over £600! I completed 10k @WinterRunUK in my 2nd ever best time. A PB since May & tbh today it felt like the wind & snow was hitting me whichever way I faced! I was 6 mins faster than last year’s time ? #running #charity 1/3 pic.twitter.com/jHytNONzju— ?Juliette Burton? (@JulietteBurton) February 7, 2021
"FIRST RACE OF THE YEAR!"
For race inspiration for the rest of the year, simply scroll down!
THE BIG PUSH TO REACH OUR TARGET
It's very emotional seeing all of your posts coming in. Bear Chills hasn't cried this much since he watched It's a Sin. That was only last week mind...
HELP YOUR FRIENDS OUT
Luke and his team Barretthoes are only a couple of pounds away from reaching their fundraising target. If you know someone who is fundraising for Cancer Research UK, why not drop them a donation! It will probably make their day. You can donate to Luke and his friends here.
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HELP 3/4 OF PEOPLE SURVIVE CANCER BY 2034
One last request to our amazing runners...
The last 12 months have been an incredibly difficult year for everyone.
Cancer Research UK funds around 50% of all cancer research here in the UK. But COVID-19 is threatening to severely impact their research, and make Cancer Research UK’s ambition of improving cancer survival to 3 in 4 by 2034 more difficult.
Cancer Research UK are absolutely determined to continue their life-saving research. But to save lives tomorrow, they need your help today.
That's all from us today. It has been a pleasure. You have made us laugh, cry and then cry some more. We cannot thank you enough for the support you have given Cancer Research UK over the last few months at a really vital time. Hopefully the next time we see each other, it will be in person, at the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run in September. Find out more about that event here: