Monday, 1 June 2009

LGN Canary Wharf 1km Loop

Canary Wharf - home to London's financial power brokering hub, sharp suits, sharper minds and....

Indeed a warm welcome to LGN's Canary Wharf 1km loop and probbaly one of London's most lovely & juxtaposed green spaces - Mudchute Park, only 5mins jog from E14

LGN 1km loops have been located and measured at several key points around London for use primarily by LGN Run Clubs
These LGN 1km loops serve several key purposes:

  1. Provide comparable LGN standard course for all our Run Clubs

  2. Via monthly time trial assist with tangible fitness progress

  3. Offer guide to tempo for people planning fun runs or PB races

  4. Building confidence for those aiming for initial 5km or 10km

  5. Help fan the flames of Inter LGN Run Club banter
As per the Canary Wharf need for accurate figures, we at LGN embrace technology with a cuddly bear lost & found like grip, and indeed for identifying our LGN 1km loops we used internet mapping to find best routes with same start / finish area, however when it came to accurate measurement we laughed in the face of GPS and used trusted measuring techniques for inch perfect accuracy, thus while you will have a route map to provide, rest easy knowing we walked every single 1km loop with a manual measuring wheel to make sure each one LGN 1km loop is indeed exactly 1km.

GPS technolgy is good, but our measuring wheels seem to afford us a more craftman like zeal - and just look at their pretty colours

To gain a good over view idea of where Mudchute park is and where our loop goes please click on mapping link below.

But for a full LGN pictorial overview, please see below:

Only 5 mins Jog from Canary Wharf, access park up these stairs from East Ferry Road

The LGN 1km loop then starts at end of tarmac path on other side of pedestrian gates

And this is the start get gate in question, with white marking on bottom left post

Start is from other side of the gate and here is an attempted arty photograph to illustrate first 1oo yards

After 200 - 300 yards, take the left fork

Go through open gate

Head down beautiful path, taking time to admire wild flowers on your left and blackberries on your right

Keep going straight and eventually you will come across marking for halfway point

At end of path get ready to bear hard left and hopefully enjoy support from lone bench seated civilian

You will approach Mudchute Park farm, soak up the countryside aroma and follow path bearing right

We at LGN are aware that fiscal trading can be described as a 'Bull Market' and thus would like to think someone appreciated our photograhic humour laced efforts...

Keep on path and just keep striding out, not far to go now

Lovely fast and smooth tarmac to find your rhythm

As path ends turn sharp left (if you end up in supermarekt car park, you have not turned left in time!)

As you trun left, you will be faced with a gate that requires navigating a quick shimmy

And then it is 200 - 300 yards remaining with sweet memories of school cross country

Green & fast - beautiful, with finishing line fast approaching

Path from stairs you entered park through is your finish point
If in doubt look for your 2nd gate post with white marking
And yes we too were amazed that the route to end on path is exactly 1000m aka 1km!

So lets lace up and use the loop to either join us with our monthly LGN time trials, or perhaps use it for rep session, do five and get a 5km time or perhaps as a guide to tempo for an upcoming race.
We look forward to hearing your results - please let us know via this blog or indeed via our The LGN Run Club on Facebook:
Or if you think your company should join the likes of BP, M&C Saatchi & Nike et al and deserves an uber cost effective LGN Run Club, then contact us via for more info.
Happy running from all the team at LGN

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