Cancer Research UK London Summer Run

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The sunny counterpart of the massively popular London Winter Run, the London Summer Run is here to fulfil all your racing needs. Perfect for new, experienced, young, and old runners alike, this 10k takes you past iconic London sights. Enjoy an experience like no other this summer.
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10k
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Calendar
Sun, 5 Sept 2021
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London, United Kingdom
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4.8
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Where and when
Location
Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Start times
Sun, 5 Sept 2021
10k:
10:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Cancer Research UK London Summer Run
10k
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10km
Route
1 Loop
£32.00 - £65.00
Route information
This new event is inspired by the London Winter Run which has been hugely popular, seeing 83,000 runners take part since it launched in 2015.
The route takes you through the heart of the capital, taking in the best sights and sounds of London with every section of the race bringing a new experience to those taking part. The race will start at Trafalgar Square and finishes at Whitehall, with all the excitement in between.
With no major hills, the route is relatively flat, meaning it is open to runners of all abilities. And with live music and many other on course surprises to be announced, this is an event not to be missed!
There will be plenty of fun along the course including a beach party, live music, and new, larger than life characters.
Beach Party
The beloved penguins are back again, but this time they're heading to the beach! Expect some party classics as you run through one of London's most remarkable get-togethers.
Live Music
There will plenty of music along the way to keep you motivated as you run, including the Rock Choir, Drumworks, Pantasy Steel Band, and Capital Connections, and more.
Larger Than Life Characters
With new additions to the already beloved characters such as Bear Chills, there will be the new flamingo section, plenty of the friendly sharks, and the events team of Lifeguards to cheer you along your way.
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What's included
  • World famous landmarks
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Live music & summer fun
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How to get there
Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
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By Public Transport
Charring Cross Station and Embankment Underground are the closest stations to Trafalgar Square.
Event day logistics
See hereExternalLink for a full event day guide.
Exact timings can be seen in the table above.
Start Times
Your start time will be calculated from the estimated finish time you give when registering.
Race Pack
You race pack will be posted to you approximately 3 weeks before the event, and can arrive any day until the day before the event. If there are any changes to your address of the race pack does not arrive before the event, entrants will need to go to 'Event Pack Pick-Up' on Saturday to collect a replacement pack with photo ID.
The address of pack pick-up is: Radisson Blue Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, 31-36 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7LH
Age Restrictions
You must be 15 or over to enter this event.
Bag Drop
There will be a bag drop at the event but it will be very busy. Please leave plenty of time as there will be queues. Only the official London Summer Run Drawstring bags will be accepted at the bag drop, which is included in your race pack. No other bags will be accepted.
Charity Partner
Cancer Research UK is the official charity partner of the London Summer Run, having been the official charity partner of the London Winter Run since it began in 2015.
Together, nearly £4 million has been raised to fund life-saving cancer research. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. Progress this event has helped make possible.
Covid-19 Guarantee
There will be a number of measures put in place to help keep all participants and staff members safe. These measures may include reducing start wave sizes, staggering start times to allow for increased space in the start process & on routes, removing or changing bag drop, implementing restrictions within finish areas to help to prevent large numbers of static persons gathering, and enhanced hygiene measures at any Water/Feed or Aid stations, or a reduction/removal of them.
Due to the likelihood of changes made in the upcoming weeks, exact measures will be communicated to participants approximately 2/3 weeks before the event.
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Human Race is the UK’s leading mass participation events company, putting on over 30 events each year in triathlon, cycling, running, duathlon and open water swimming. Part of Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), owners of Le Tour de France and the leader in the French running and sportive market, Human Race’s prestigious portfolio includes the Royal Windsor Triathlon, Dragon Ride, Cancer Research UK London Winter Run and the Manchester Marathon.
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FAQ's
What time does the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run start?
Your start time will be calculated from the estimated finish time you give when registering.
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How old do I have to be to run in the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run?
All runners must be 15 years and older to enter the event.
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When will I get my race pack for the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run?
You race pack will be posted to you approximately 2 weeks before the event, and can arrive up to the day before the event. If your pack does not arrive in time, entrants should go to pack pick-up at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Hampshire Hotel on Saturday to collect their replacement pack.
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Can I wear headphones at the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run?
Headphones are strongly discouraged from the event, and runners who do choose to wear them are asked to only keep 1 ear in and keep the volume as low as possible.
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Reviews
4.8
116 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
ThumbsUpWell organized
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2021
Great experience! It was fantastic running past so many iconic London landmarks and the vibe of the event overall was fantastic. Well done!
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2021
10/10 amazing end to summer highly recommend. Fun friendly London race Will definitely do it again next year
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
LOVED this event!! Such a fab atmosphere. Bag drop was straight forward, lots of toilets at the start. Great course and lots going on throughout - bands, choirs, lots of cheering. Fab race
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Well organised but would love the option of toilets near the start of the course so you don't need a pee before it starts!
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4.7
Did the 10k in 2019
Great course for enjoying closed streets in central London, can get a little crowded at times but overall its more about the setting than the race. A Trafalgar Sq start is brilliant. Bag check well organised. Walk from finish line back to bag check was a little chilly though...
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Top tips for race day: The Nuffield Health tent was right in the centre of Trafalgar Sq and had massive blower heaters (an amazing find to warm up afterwards!) and they were giving away free hot chocolate.Would really suggest bringing a little foil blanket (theyre 10cmx10cm folded and you can get them in any running shop and foil is v easily recycled). Keep it with you for the start pens, then fold it back up and tuck it into your belt or pop it in your armband for when you finish. There is a little walk back past Horse Guards to bag drop at Traf sq where it got a little chilly and would have been great to have a little foil blanket. I cant recommend this race highly enough. Its very well organised; bag drop was quick to drop off and collect, the start line was efficient and they really pulled out all the stops. There were people dressed like penguins, huskies and 10ft polar bears all around the course giving high fives. There were bands, buskers and choirs, even the church bells were in full swing all through central London. 20,000 people run this race every year and I just assumed like other races this size, the route would be super crowded. But, due to incredible organisation and timing the course was clear for everyone. Loads of us even managed to get PBs! This is surely unheard of in a race this size. The route is right through the centre of London on completely closed roads with an incredible start right on Trafalgar Square. There was so much going on along the route that I didnt even realise wed got to mile 5 until I saw the banner, no wonder I got a PB! You definitely wont need your headphones. It was so much fun, I cant wait to run it again next year. The start/finish area is located here as well, and there was a massive stage in front of the National Gallery with bands performing all morning. The atmosphere through the whole race was just electric, so many smiles and a lot of happiness as runners raised money for an incredible cause.
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
I have ran this the last 3 years and love it. This year I introduced my bro in law and sister to it and then couldnt believe how well organised it is..which it is!It did for some reason feel a bit emptier this year but maybe thats cause I was in first wave. A communal warm up in tra square would be awesome rather then everyone trying to do it boxed in in the pens. Keep it up!!
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
I have ran this race 3 years in a row and each year it has been wonderfully organised and one of the best 10k races in London. The course is perfect for a PB or also perfect for those just looking to enjoy a nice race.
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4.3
Did the 10k in 2018
More food please in the goody bag! Good run though!
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5.0
Did the 10k in 2018
Plan you train well, mine very nearly didn't get me there on time.
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Recent Questions
Waqas Farooq
7/18/2021
Is there a medal
Ellie Cookson
7/20/2021
Hi Waqas! Yes, there will be a bespoke finisher's medal for this event :)
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