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Cancer Research UK London Winter Run

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This 10k Winter Run will have participants passing world famous landmarks as they run through the heart of the city. Great for keeping fit this winter and getting ready for a summer season of running.
C-19 Plan
Human Race has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Sunday 7th Feb 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

114 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
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Ariana M
"Top tips for race day: The Nuffield Health tent was right in the centre of..."


Becky H
"LOVED this event!! Such a fab atmosphere. Bag drop was straight forward, lots..."


Harry H
"Well organised but would love the option of toilets near the start of the..."
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Cancer Research UK London Winter Run route

The 10k run will start in the famous Trafalgar Square, otherwise known as the Snow Blast-Off Zone, which will set each runner onto the 10k course with a burst of snow.

Once onto the wintry route, runners will head past Nelson’s Column, along the Strand past the world-renowned Adelphi Theatre and The Savoy hotel, before veering towards Holborn. The route will then take them past The Royal Courts of Justice, where they will shortly come across some of the new winter characters who have been invited to join this year’s event at the Husky High-Five Zone.

Pacing through the City of London and up Chancery Lane, runners will then pass Chancery Lane Tube Station before continuing to the London Stock Exchange. Onto the medieval Cheapside, participants will continue down the fast and flat course pass St Mary Le Bow church, before being greeted by a Swiss Chalet themed Drinks Station at the Guildhall Yard. Setting off for home the runners will loop around the Bank of England, past the much loved Penguin Party, where runners will be given a warming boost from the cheering crowds, led by their Antarctic friends!

Next up comes Mansion House before taking in the sights of the prestigious St Pauls Cathedral – a fantastic landmark for the runners to soak up the heritage of the course.

From here, the runners will continue to circle back round to the Royal Courts of Justice for the second time, before passing Kings College London, Somerset House and onto Charing Cross Station. Taking a left down Whitehall the adrenaline will rise as they come to a finish just before Westminster and Downing Street. No politicians here though, just jubilation, as finishers are greeted by the famous warm Polar Bears for a victory hug and medal presentation.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Chip-timing
  • Official race photos
Raceday Logistics

Race Packs

Race Packs will be sent in advance, but can arrive right up to the day of the event.

There will be a collection point on the Friday and Saturday before the event for international participants to pick up their race packs.

Start Times

Start times will be revealed in the lead up to the event, and emailed to you by the 4th of February.

Kit List

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: Conditions may be (or turn!) very cold and wet so please dress appropriately for the weather. We particularly recommend running gloves and a good hat / beanie.

AN OLD TOP &/OR BLACK BIN BAG: It is highly recommended to wear an old top to the start to keep you warm and dry. You can leave it in a pen just before the start line. The tops will then be given to Cancer Research UK who will either sell them in their shops or recycle them to raise funds! If you don’t have anything then a black bin bag is highly recommended; punch holes in it for your head and arms and it will keep you dry and act as a windbreaker!

YOUR RUNNING NUMBER + SAFETY PINS (to securely pin it to the front of your top)

Please source your own safety pins, they will not be available on the day.

NOTE: the running number doubles up as your timing chip so don’t forget this!

MOBILE PHONE / OYSTER CARD / MONEY – don’t forget them!


FRIENDS/FAMILY: Why not invite them to cheer you on? It would also be a really great idea if they look after your bag and coat etc. whilst you run to prevent you having to queue at the Bag Drop.

Don’t forget to identify a place to meet up with them or any fellow runners after the finish. Due to the crowds that will be there on the day, it will make it difficult to find people so remember to make this very specific, e.g. a specific lamppost or tree, rather than just an area.


If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my race pack for the London Winter Run?
Race packs are posted to you and will arrive between 30 days and 1 day before the event. If your pack doesn't arrive, you or a friend can pick it up on your behalf if they also have a signed note from you empowering them to act on your behalf.
At what time does the London Winter Run start?
Your start time is emailed to you a few days before the event. In 2019 the start times ranged from 9.30am to 10.42am. You can find up-to-date information here
How do I enter the London Winter Run?
There are 3 types of entry: 1) individual. You just enter online and you're good to go. 2) group entry. There are reduced rates for groups of 5, 10 or more than 10. 3) VIP fundraiser. Sign up online, pay the entry fee, commit to raise at least £150 for charity and benefit from: VIP marquee, VIP wristband, refreshments, entertainment, goody bag, medal.
Can you sign up for the London Winter Run on the day?
On the day sign up is not available for the London Winter Run.

Cancer Research UK London Winter Run weather forecast

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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 Windsor Triathlon, Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales, the Cancer Research UK Winter Run Series and VitalityMove.

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Cancer Research UK London Winter Run reviews (114)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    More food please in the goody bag! Good run though!
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Plan you train well, mine very nearly didn't get me there on time.
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Ive been running this event every year since the inaugural in 2015 and its been getting better year on year. Its always freezing, so wear layers but everything else is just great.
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Have warm clothing at the start and end. The tall buildings disrupt GPS so your watch readings may be wrong, save something in the tank in case your GPS distance doesnt match actual, my final watch distance was 10.9km.
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