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Christmas Lights Running Tour

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Join the festive fun with this unique take on a Christmas 10k. Great for those looking to combine fitness with festive fun, the course visits the very best Christmas lights that London has to offer. Come to gaze in wonder at the sparkling lights or to discover some of London's secrets.
C-19 Plan
Secret London Runs has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 5th Dec 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Christmas Lights Running Tour routes

This Christmas Lights Running Tour will see groups of 10 people running around London at its most festive time of the year.

While the route will remain the same, there are different paces available depending on the speed you are most comfortable with.

The Tour

The group will meet at Trafalgar Square (near the fountains), home of London's iconic Christmas Tree.

From there, the group will fly through the streets of the capital and you'll be able to marvel at the famous lights of Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Paddington, Kensington Palace, Bond Street and many more places you may not be familiar with.

The tour will last about 2 hours and finishes at Notting Hill Station.

Each speed falls across different dates throughout the year, so if you can't find the one you're looking for then be sure to check out another date.

Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland

This is for people comfortable mixing short intervals of gentle jogging with walking.

Gentle Jingle

This is for people comfortable running 10k in 12-13 minute miles.

Festively Fast

This is for people comfortable running 10k in 9 minute miles.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Expertly planned route through the heart of the capital
  • Christmas themed snack
  • Santa hat
  • Small personal group
  • Classic Christmas songs played over a loud speaker (sing-a-long optional)
  • A history loving guide
Raceday Logistics
Please arrive in plenty of time to ensure the rest of the group are not waiting for you.

16:30: Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland 10k Start

17:00: Festively Fast 10k Start

17:30: Gentle Jingle 10k Start

(Approx.) 18:30: Walk-Running in a Winter Wonderland 10k Ends

(Approx.) 19:00: Festively Fast 10k Ends

(Approx.) 19:30: Gentle Jingle 10k Ends
Kit List

Feel free to get creative.

Festive fancy dress is not compulsory but it is highly encouraged. It always adds to the Christmas feel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to keep up?
Your guide will run at the pace of the slowest runner so that no one is left behind. Runners are asked to sign up to the group that they are most comfortable with, so you should be grouped with runners of a similar pace. See course details above for information about speeds.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your ticket on your phone and water if you usually run with it. Wear warmer clothes than you usually would for a run of this length as there will be a couple of stops throughout the run as the guides unveil London's untold history.
How big are groups?
Groups are a maximum of 10 people per pace.

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Running tours and events in London. We'll show you a side of London that most people will never see. Thousands of people join our themed running tours every year to uncover London's hidden past, catch up with friends, meet new people and work up a sweat.

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