The goddess Nike, drawn on by a quadriga, caps the Wellington Arch near the entrance to Hyde Park. Could a better place exist in greater London to start a 20 mile early sunny Sunday run? I did not think so, and thus started a 3 and ½ hour run past monuments and buildings, along the Thames and then into a 13 km canal that I did not know existed until twenty four hours previously. Join me on a photo journey of this awesome mid-summer saunter.
Aligned on an east-west axis, the Hyde, Green and St James parks form a greenway to the River Thames include some spectacular sites. Whenever I journey to London, I run some combination of this triple parkland. Numerous paths at various angles allow for any amount of variety in running routes from a mile to probably more than 20 miles. My goal today was further afield though - I wanted some truly new territory under my feet. I found that and more.
Just across the circle from Wellington’s Arch, and my next highlight of the run stands Memorial Gates. Compared to the 150+ years of Wellington’s tribute, this memorial to the territorial armed forces of the British Empire who fought in the World Wars opened in 2002. Maybe the planes in the sky are coming from one of the listed places: Africa, the Caribbean and the five regions of the Indian subcontinent (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). The memorial sits at the western end of Constitutional Hill.
Less than a mile further comes Buckingham Palace. The flag, limp in the windless morning, indicated Queen Elizabeth II was in residence. (Though apparently not out for a Sunday jog.)