Mencap running events offer two distance options; 5km or 10km, which you can enter to either go for a personal best time, or just take in the sights and scenery of some of the UK’s most iconic parks.

Believe me, they don’t disappoint!

Before the start

As London is so transport efficient, I was able to get to the start line in Hyde Park in no time, as it's just a short walk from the tube.

Upon arrival I was directed by a very friendly lady to the registration marquee, where I was given a bumper information pack which included my t-shirt, timing chip and race number.

Once I'd tied my snazzy race chip to my shoe I went to the race warm up, which was organised by the local Crossfit. After this there was a quick health and safety briefing, a thank you to the runners, and it was off to the start we went.

The race

The race was all about the runners, atmosphere and support.

As one of London's most visited parks, this wasn't a completely closed off event, therefore members of the public could still enjoy their Saturday morning, which meant support was out in full force.

There was a mixture of supportive marshals, children playing on the warm September morning and even football teams who had stopped their training to cheer us on!

I flew around the first 5k with no problems, but by lap two I was definitely struggling; mentally rather than physically. I am a runner who needs to be constantly occupied, and by the 6k mark the novelty of such a beautiful route had started to wear off and I was solely relying on the atmosphere and support to get me to the end.

Nevertheless, I crossed the finish line with a time of approximately 1 hour 18 minutes. Not my finest or fastest time, but I had fun!

After a big cheer, and a cheeky shout out on the microphone, I was handed my medal and a recovery drink by Rejuvination (my favourite post-run freebie drink so far).

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These events are open to all ages and abilities. Run Hyde Park was definitely the most inclusive race that I've had the pleasure of being a part of.

Entry prices are £5 per child, and £10 per adult, but what you get in return is worth a lot more than that; a t-shirt, fundraising help, support on the day and, of course, a medal!

Sign up for 2018

This year's Run Hyde Park event takes place on Sunday 21 October 2018, but from May onwards there are running events all over the country, including Manchester, London, Cardiff and Birmingham. 

Find out more and sign up for an event here!

Alternatively, you can take a look here at some of the other things you can do to get involved with Team Mencap.

Run Hyde Park in 2018

This years Run Hyde Park event takes place in London on Sunday 21 October.

Find out more, including how you can sign up to this event and join #TeamMencap.

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