If you think of the great British racing challenges, London is at the top of the road with its marathon, but that's not all the capital has to offer – there are many ways to break away from your normal route and yourself and yours To stretch legs. You can play Monopoly for one and become the capital's biggest parkrun tourist for another. How many will you finish in 2019?
Run The Capital Ring
This 126-kilometer circuit strives to showcase the most beautiful sights in central London, incorporating nature reserves and parks whenever possible. The Capital Ring is divided into 15 sections and the route is marked continuously. However, you can also download maps from each section of the TfL website, and a clever Herbert even tagged the route in Google Maps, so you can easily follow it when you pick up your smartphone. Obviously, this is something that can be resolved and enjoyed on several weekends, with each of the 1
Every London Parkrun in One Year
There are (currently) 53 Parkruns In Greater London, one might think that this is impossible, as every Saturday morning park races are held. In a few years, however, there will be 53 Saturdays (though not 2019), and each year you can supplement your Parkrun with additional events on Christmas and New Year's Day (normally two parkruns can run until January 1st). Some highlights include Dulwich and Hackney Marshes, flat rates for PBs; Bushy Park, the original park run attracting over 1,000 visitors each week; and Ally Pally, which is hilly and offers great views of London. And even if you do not believe 53 is a reasonable question in a year's time, it's also a fun challenge to do it all at any one time or just as many Parkruns as you can in a year.
Cross The Bridges
There are a total of 35 bridges over the Thames in London. If you cross them all at once, this is a challenge that only ultra-marathoners consider. However, you can work them in groups or just stay in central London and cross the 13 bridges between Vauxhall Bridge and Tower Bridge.
All streets and stations on the Monopoly board are within 4.5 km Trafalgar Square is the perfect starting point to start a game of runner monopoly, making as many stops as possible want to visit on the board within 60 minutes. The Runner's Guide To London has three great ideas for scoring – either the total number of stops visited (and photographed photos), the total value of those stops (first to Mayfair and Park Lane), or the total distance from these Trafalgar Square stops To reward those who venture further into the distance (the only reason to go to Whitechapel or Old Kent Road).
You can also visit every stop in a single epic run and forget a set time, although the intervals between each time point vary small, be prepared to fight marathons to see them all.
Finish the Thames Path
Well, the London track anyway. If you want to follow the Thames Path to the source of the river in the Cotswold Hills, you will see almost 300 km. So we expect a section of 128 km between Richmond and the end of the route at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich is wise. This is still a very old way, so it is worth tackling sections on different days. Highlights include Hampton Court Palace, the Barnes Wetland Center, and of course the many Riverfront attractions in central London.
Collect Blue Plaques  This idea comes from Ultrarunner and adventurer Tobias Mews's book GO! An inspirational guide on how to get outside and challenge yourself which contains many fun ideas for outdoor escapades. Spend 60 minutes walking around London to find as many blue badges as possible – there are over 900 in the capital. And make sure you read them – you'll learn something fascinating. English Heritage's App Store and Google Play special app shows you where the plaques are and even offers guided routes with remarkable plaques.