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Spectating the TCS London Marathon 2023


The weekend kicked off main a shakeout run from The Westin London Metropolis (I host month-to-month run golf equipment on the primary Thurs of each month at 7am – join right here!) for lodge visitors together with a bunch of journalists from the US. I actually assume our 5K route is among the greatest sightseeing runs in London! We run previous St Pauls over Millennium Bridge. Previous The Globe and the Shard, and up over Tower Bridge, previous the Tower of London again to the lodge.

Spectating the TCS London Marathon 2023

Spectating the TCS London Marathon 2023

Following our run we had been handled to a stretch class from Bala. You may borrow any of the Bala bands and blocks in your rooms at Westin inns. Plus Hyperice therapeutic massage weapons – preferrred when you’re travelling for a race!

We took the journalists to St James Park to catch the Mini Marathon and see the end space forward of marathon day. And chatted concerning the course, race day logistics and London on the whole.

There appeared to be much more occurring in London this weekend celebrating the marathon, with quite a few shake out runs, in-store occasions, panels/talks and activations. I finished by the ON retailer to make an indication for my mates to carry. And purchased some Percy Pigs & Colin the Caterpillars to share with the US runners. I attempted to make it as much as Tracksmith however was stopped by the rain (no umbrella!)

I carb loaded like a champ on the Westin pasta dinner earlier than getting an early night time. Spectating is *virtually* as exhausting as working!

This was my first weekend away from Bertie. However sadly my physique clock didn’t get the memo and I used to be awake at 6am. I loved a cup of tea in mattress whereas listening to a podcast to start out the day earlier than Liz got here to my room to have her braids finished. Then I grabbed some fruit & espresso at breakfast then walked the journalists to London Bridge on their method to the marathon begin line at Blackheath. I ran again throughout Tower Bridge and alongside the marathon course with James & Chris from the Westin staff again to the lodge.

Westin London 2023

Westin has partnered with Abbott World Marathon Majors and had created a Marathon Zone with signal making, pompoms and t-shirts.

It was so enjoyable to be a part of the cheer squad exterior the lodge. Clearly sporting our Westin yellow – they had been giving out cute t-shirts and lengthy sleeved working tops with the Marathon Majors printed on the again. If you’re incomes your Six Star within the subsequent few years, maintain your eyes peeled for enjoyable occasions & swag.

Charlie Watson with friend

I’d additionally been invited by TCS to the marathon end line hospitality which was one thing I couldn’t flip down! I had the very best view down The Mall watching Sifan Hassan win her first marathon and Kevin Kiptum run a brand new course document. And most excitingly, met the GOAT Eliud Kipchoge! I truly noticed my pal Robbie (who works for London Marathon) first and practically launched in for a hug earlier than I noticed who he was standing subsequent to!

Charlie with Eliud Kipchoge

Cheering for the marathon is one among my favorite issues to do.

Celebrating with these which are having an amazing day, encouraging those who have hit a troublesome spot, and commiserating with runners that haven’t hit their objective. I beloved getting a entrance row seat down the end stretch, watching folks run PBs, full their first 26.2, run it in collectively and have a good time the a whole bunch of miles that it took to get to the end line.

Spectating the TCS London Marathon 2023

My pal Cortney and I hopped backwards and forwards from the end line and Mile 23.5 exterior The Westin London Metropolis. I caught most of my mates working at one of many areas – love these pics of the second Bethan ran previous the lodge.

Charlie cheering for the runners

This weekend impressed me to join one other marathon – anybody else? Are you coming into the poll for subsequent yr’s TCS London Marathon?

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