Follow in the steps of Olympians as Supernova London 5K launches for 2018
Entries open TODAY for the Supernova London 5K which takes place on Saturday 3rd March, at 8pm. The event is being held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, with a jaw-dropping route which takes in the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Stratford Waterfront, London Aquatics Centre and of course the Olympic Park Stadium itself.
The Supernova 5K route at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park starts at the magical setting of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at 8pm. The route then heads north running parallel to the Stratford Waterfront before taking a right over the bridge towards the inspirational London Aquatics Centre. The route then swings back down over the bridge before meandering north throughout the magnificent Olympic grounds.
Runners should expect to be swept away on a distinctly magical experience as dusk falls on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Participants are offered a unique opportunity to grace the grounds of World Athletics Champions such as Mo Farah and Laura Muir, in one of the most iconic settings in the UK, passing the Olympic stadium before heading south along the canals for the last kilometre. The emphasis is on colour and sound around the route, providing runners and spectators alike with an unforgettable race. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged!
Event Director, Neil Kilgour says: “We very proud to be launching the Supernova 5K series in London again. The event has successfully taken place along Bournemouth Pier and The Kelpies in Falkirk for the past 2 years. We wanted to open it up to other venues to get even more people involved in this spectacular run.
“These events are for everyone, and we want to get as many people involved as possible. Whether you’re aged 5 or 50, a regular runner or you haven’t run in years; these events aim to bring families and friends together, dressed in the brightest, flashiest clothing you can find, to light up these iconic venues. The runners ARE the event!
Last year’s event sold out with thousands of runners descending on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the event, following in the footsteps of their favourite Olympians.
Entries for the Supernova 5K running series are open now and start from just £13. Early bird discounted entries are open until Sunday 20th August. To enter visit www.supernovarun.com
6 SUMMER RUNNING TIPS
With the sun making a more regular appearance and the weather hotting up, summer is a fantastic time to enjoy running in the great outdoors as well as clocking up valuable training for any runs you have coming up later in the year (Supernova 5K anyone?). Check our 6 top tips to make those summer day runs as comfortable as possible.
1- Stay cool
Enjoy those longer summer days while you can and plan your runs in the mornings or evenings during the coolest parts of the day. There’s also something quite spectacular about chasing the sun at sunrise or sunset.
2- Quench your thirst
Staying hydrated before, during and after your runs is even more important on warmer days. Try drinking around 200ml every hour before your run to set you up for success. Water or a sports drink are good choices and you could also bring supplies along with you on your run in a water belt or pouch. Aim to ensure you have fluids after you finish too!
3- Loosen up
One of the simplest things you can do to keep cool during summer run is to opt for outfits that are lightly coloured and loose-fitting as well as avoiding attire that is too tight and instead lets your body breathe and feel the breeze.
4- Slap on the suncream
We all know the dangers of the sun’s rays and if you’re spending more time outdoors running it’s important to keep your skin protected, even when out during colder spells of the day. Choose an SPF 30 and you’re onto a winner.
5- Rest and refresh
Try adding one-minute walk breaks every five minutes when you run on hot days to help keep your body cool. As you feel yourself getting fitter and faster just shorten or skip the rests.
6- Give yourself headroom
You lose a lot of body heat through your head, which is a good thing during the summer months. Don’t cover up with cosy headwear instead choose a more breathable alternative such as a visor or mesh cap to keep your noggin’ happy.
Thousands of runners light up London Olympic Park at Supernova 5K
Thousands of runners gathered at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic park on Saturday 1st April for a 5k run with a difference.
It was only when dusk fell over the London skyline that the plethora of fluorescent outfits really came into their own. The dazzling display of running kit included tutus, glow sticks, leg warmers, LED glasses and trainer light clips, all adding to the events feel-good factor. This was only heightened when each runner donned their Supernova head torch and set off around the park, snaking their way around the 5K route and creating a stunning visual spectacle enough to take your breath away!
Under the backdrop of the London Stadium and the Arcelormittal Orbit were some incredible people running for some equally incredible causes.
Sarah Campbell was running for the event’s official charity partner Cancer Research UK. She chose to run for CRUK, after her best friend Kathryn McConnell was diagnosed with breast and kidney cancer. After battling the disease for years, Kathryn was recently given the all clear. Sarah was keen to stress that despite this, the battle isn’t over and Kathryn will still have to undergo a reconstruction and carry on with her medication.
The pair met over 20 years ago at school, Sarah said:
“From the minute I met Kat in school she became my twin, she has this ability to make you belly laugh and smile till your cheeks hurt!
“Kat has been the most brave and fearless lady throughout her battle. Her strength and positivity is infectious.
“I wanted to give something back by running for CRUK, I will be proud to run for them and I hope I can make them and Kat proud by doing so, as well as raising money to help others who are going through their own personal battle with cancer.”
Next up, the Supernova series heads to the south coast, taking place as part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on Saturday 7th October 2017, more information is available at https://www.bournemouthmarathon.com/5k/. The Kelpies in Falkirk will provide a stunning venue for the final leg of the 2017 Supernova series, with events on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November. More information can be found at https://www.supernovarun.com/events/the-kelpies/.
Photos from the event can be found in the following Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lwjbcgxgalmorjx/AACZ_Gb3fdalrHemdDE2Oiu5a?dl=0
Supernova Kelpies 5K launches for 2017 with brand new Friday event added to last year’s format
After another hugely successful year, the Kelpies Supernova 5K is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever before! Due to popular demand, there will be an additional third event added to the 2017 format, which will now include 5Ks on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November.
Last year’s event saw thousands of runners light up the night at Helix Park in Falkirk, completing the 5K route in their best fluorescent kit and each with a Supernova head torch. As dusk fell, the magnificent 30 metre, 300 ton Kelpies came to life and provided a stunning backdrop for a 5K with a difference!
A fantastic atmosphere was generated by all runners and the fancy dress efforts were something to be admired. Tutus, glow sticks, leg warmers, LED glasses, and plenty of fluorescent gear was on show, and runners ranged from tiny toddlers to glowing grandparents, all adding to the event’s feel-good factor.
Early bird entries for the Kelpies event in 2017 are open now and will be available at a discounted rate until midnight on Sunday 12th February 2017. To enter and find out more, head to https://www.supernovarun.com/events/the-kelpies/.
Before the Kelpies event in November, the Supernova series heads south, with the London event taking place on Saturday 1st April 2017 at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Entries are open now and are available at https://www.supernovarun.com/events/olympic-park/.
The series then heads to Bournemouth, taking place as part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which takes place on 7th & 8th October 2017, more information is available at https://www.bournemouthmarathon.com/5k/.