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The Adidas Womens Challenge is a 5k race which takes place in September each year at three locations in the UK; London, Liverpool & Birmingham. It's been taking place for a number of years now under various different sponsors, and I took part this year for the second time at Hyde Park in London, so will base my review on my experience of this year specifically.
The event in London is always very popular, with 19,000 women taking part this year. The event is really well organised, with clear instructions & welcome packs sent to you in the post well in advance of the event which includes training schedules, advice on diet, instructions for the big day and lots of details about the various charities you can run for in case you haven't already got one in mind. On the big day, there is ample signage directing you to the start line & all around the route, as well as an official warm up & cool down, ample portaloos & food stalls to reward yourself with at the end of the race!
The start line is divided up into sections; elite runners start with club runners closely following behind - the event this year was won in a shade over 16 minutes so you have to be brave to start at the front! After these runners have gone, there are various sign posts where you can join the starting line up depending on your estimated finish time, and there is space at the back for anyone planning to walk the course.
The course itself is not too challenging & is flat & on tarmac for the entirety of the distance - there is quite a steep hill at the end to test the tiredness of your legs but then you see the finish line in the distance & gain your second wind!
After the race has finished, you receive a great goody bag - this year it contained a t-shirt, medal, various Nivea samples, a bottle of water (much appreciated!), some snacks & an Adidas wash bag.
I raised a total of £1200 this year in memory of a very special member of my family, who was looked after at Keech Cottage Children's Hospice in Luton before she passed away, and it's so inspirational to see so many other women of all abilities, shapes & sizes, running in memory of loved ones, or ladies who have battled the odds to survive personal battles of their own - the event really promotes a sense of togetherness that is so strong that it leaves you quite emotional on the day.