International Women’s Day Run and The Movement

Yesterday was a pretty special day, I had the opportunity to take part in two fantastic events in London.

I started the day with a 4 mile run with around 60 other women to mark International Women’s Day. The run was organised by bloggers Bangs and Elle to bring together women and celebrate our achievements. 



We started at Green Park station at 9am and headed out along a route which took us past the former homes of inspirational women from history. Our first stop was at the home of Madame D’Arblay AKA Fanny Burney (LOL) an 18th Century novelist, diarist and playwright. Next we ran on a building which served as the surgery of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson- the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain. Our final port of call, was the home of the leaders of the suffragette movement- Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst. Bangs and Elle gave us some background information at each stop on why these women were so kickass and ground-breaking in what they achieved for gender equality.



The run also took us through Hyde Park which was looking beautiful on a Spring morning, and we kept the pace gentle so that women of all abilities could join in. There was an amazing positive energy amongst the group, and it was lovely to meet some new ladies and put some faces to their Twitter handles. 

Amazingly the International Women’s Day Run movement has really taken off, and yesterday 37 runs were hosted globally from Addis Ababa to Bahrain. 

 




After a quick dash home to shower and change, I headed back in to central London for another event.

Lululemon hosted ‘The Movement’- a 400 person yoga class at the Royal Opera House to mark the opening of their new store later this month.



The queue for the event stretched along the street as hundreds of yogis were keen for the experience of practising in this iconic space, I was lucky to arrive early and get a space at the front of the queue where I met Zoe, Lissy, CharlieKiera and Elle



Inside the venue, yoga mats were laid out for us beneath the domed glass roof of the Paul Hamlyn Hall and a live orchestra began playing to accompany the yoga. The class was lead by Emma Henry and included a series of sun salutations, some partner work and stretches. It was fantastic to see so many people moving through the poses along to the beautiful music, and it was blissfully relaxing to lay in savasana gazing up at the hall. 

 

 

Photos from Lululemon

After the class, we were invited up to the champagne bar for free prosecco, dark chocolates and fruit skewers. Lululemon also gave us the yoga mats to keep.   


I finished my day by heading back East to Hackney, where I met up with Glen and his friend Jon for a drinks and food. We ate at Duke’s Brew and Que an American style smokehouse- I had the Chicken Gumbo while Glen and Jon had the BBQ platter which was an insane amount of meat! 

Glen eating half a cow!




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