London Winter Run and Hot Bikram Yoga

Getting outside to run is easier when the sun is shining, but to keep the motivation through the winter is something not everyone can sustain; around 26% of runners do not keep up their running over the colder months.

The Cancer Research UK London WInter Run is challenging people to keep running through the winter by taking on a 10km run on February 1st 2015. 15,000 people are expected to fill the streets making their way past London’s most iconic landmarks where they will brave the elements to raise vital funds to help beat cancer sooner. The stunning course follows the River Thames taking in views of the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and the Tower of London. The winter themed route has a few surprises along the way including:

  • Giant Snow Ball warm-up
  • Ice caves and snow zones along the route
  • Polar bear hugs at the finish
  • Winter Warmer finish zone
  • Exclusive finishers medal


A few weeks ago, I was invited to a bloggers event to promote the launch of the London Winter Run. Human Race events had partnered with Hot Bikram Yoga to organise an early morning run through central London followed by a Bikram Yoga class.

Before the run

Myself, Charlie, Zoe and Bethan set off from the studio on a route lead by run club leader David Pearce. We crossed London Bridge as commuters headed to work, and paused to look at the poppies in the moat of the Tower of London.

Unfortunately I had a sharp pain in my knee as I was running, and had to leave the group after only a mile to hobble back to the studio, so I missed out on the rest of the run.

Back at the studio, we met studio owner Olga Allon and prepared for the Bikram Yoga class. I’m familiar with the traditional 90 minute Bikram Yoga class, through my job at Bikram Yoga Essex, but this studio has developed a condensed 60 minute version of the posture series. 

I found that the postures were the same as a 90 minute class, but a few of the second sets had been removed, creating a quicker paced class to give results in a shorter time. The class was just as challenging as usual, and the deep-stretching aided by the heat seemed to relieve the inflammation in my knee. 

Instructor Dom Emley kept a close eye on my posture as I’d informed him of the injury I’d just sustained on the run, and he had some great tips and pointers for me after class.

Sweaty after class!

Bikram Yoga and running are the perfect combination for fitness, flexibility and strength, particularly over the colder winter months. Warming up in the hot room was a great way to round off our run on the chilly Autumn morning. Problems like an imperfection in foot-strike can be helped by realigning and maintaining flexibility in the hip. Runners tend to be very tight which leads to a reduced range of motion in the joints.  

Hot Bikram Yoga actually offer a run club from two of their London studios, which I think is a fantastic idea for anyone training towards the Winter Run in February. 

Elle at Keep it Simpelle is actually offering a discount for anyone who would like to sign up for the London Winter Run. Enter the code KISDISCOUNT to get £3 off your entry for a limited time.

After class, we received a fantastic goody bag from We Heart Living, which was packed with lovely pieces including Wellicious yoga pants, Chia Co oats, Emily fruit crisps, and socks from Every Second Counts.

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