They Lit Up London
Supernova 5K is a super success for 600 'enlightened' runners...
The spotlight focused on the final Supernova Series 5K of the year when runners lined up for what was described as 'an enlightening running experience' in the shadow of the amazing 114.5m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit – the UK's tallest sculpture made from 2,000 tonnes of steel – one of the most recognisable features within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.
The 5K course meanders through and around the Olympic Park and past the iconic Olympic Stadium before finishing back at the start point – a truly magical route made extra exciting by running after dark.
There were 599 finishers in 64 minutes and the colourful throng certainly lit up the evening at the 6:00pm start time on Saturday 18 November 2023. Every competitor had an LED head torch – supplied by the organisers GSi Events as part of the entry package – and most were dressed to impress in their best day-glo outfits and flashing lights.
Lighting the way at the front was 100 Marathon Club member Lee Rogers – out for a bit of speedwork – in 17:03, followed by unattached M45 Laurence Egan (18:01) and John Baldock (Tunbridge Wells Harriers, 18:04).
The brightest performances in the women's race were posted by Kate Smith (19:44) – eighth place overall – followed by Bethany Williams (23;10) and W50 Sarah Manley (GoodGym Race Team, 23:43).
Ready...Steady...GLOW is the strapline of this exciting runABC South featured event and entries are already being taken for next year's illuminated extravaganza on Saturday 16 November 2024 starting at 6:00pm.
Full details of all the Supernova 5K events are available at the GSi Supernova 5K website here.
Supernova 5K London results are available at runABC South race listing here.
Image courtesy Supernova Run