On the 24th of January comedian Kevin Hart brought his Move With Hart run series to London, the first stop in his international running tour. When you enter races for times and medals you sometimes forget that running is for fun: this was one of the best runs I have ever done because it wasn’t a competition.
As with everything cool and fun, this took place very early in the morning and I found myself repeating on the bus ‘it’ll be worth it’. When in bed nothing seems worth it but almost everything is worth getting up for. Still it was early and I like sleep and my quilt a lot. My tiredness left me pretty soon after I reached Battersea Park. There were so many people! I joined the queue to sign in and collect my Move with Hart shirt and in the process met up with all of my fit-fam – that photo of us at the top all grinning like loons is brilliant. Also how gazelle like is Clare?!
The run was all kinds of fun. We didn’t all run as a group, instead breaking off into twos and threes but we all laughed and chatted the whole way round, having a thoroughly brilliant time. As we neared the end of the 5k route I asked Meems if she would like to give me a piggy back across the line. Of course she didn’t say no and I hopped on. The reaction to what we did was all kinds of brilliant – this was a run about running and having fun and we seemed to personify that.
Also Kevin Hart and Nike Coach Cory were photographed reacting to our antics and it is possibly the best photo ever.
Kevin Hart was there at the end high-fiving everyone who crossed the line. Along with him were all the pacers – all of the amazing Nike pacers who have supported me and pushed me through my running journey. When I started running with Nike I never thought I would meet such amazing people who would be there to make sure I succeeded. that kind of support is intoxicating and I am very, very lucky to have it all the time. Some of them have also become dear friends and that was something I never, ever expected.
And as this is Nike there is no way they would just let us leave. Oh no, once we’d run breakfast was waiting for us in the shape of Pip & Nut peanut butter toasts with berries and seeds and…passion fruit! I am such a fan of this combination and I remember telling Pip & Nut they must try it. They obviously did and love it as much as I do because it was there for everyone to try.
How yummy does all of that look?
In the end we decided to channel our inner Beyonce!
This was such a fantastic way to start the day surrounded by people who love running or want to love running. The amount of diversity in Battersea Park that morning took my breath away – running is for everyone and I do think media outlets forget that. It was so fantastic to see people who came because they love Kevin, who wanted to give running a go. I hope so much that they enjoyed themselves because I was buzzing.
Thank you Nike for arranging yet another epic event!