Shine 2013: fitness walks
Sign up and get in shape for Shine, Cancer Research UK’s night-time walking marathon in London
Light up the night along with an incredible parade of over 10,000 walkers on September 28 2013 for Shine, London’s night-time full and half walking marathon in support of Cancer Research UK. By joining this walk, you can raise money to help beat all types of cancer, or personalise your sponsorship to fund translational research into one of 12 cancer types - Shine is unique in enabling you to do this.
As well as being an inspiring way to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Shine symbolises the light their work can bring to the darkness of cancer. So sign up now and get going with these ten walks.
Start: Pimlico tube station
End: Pimlico tube station
Distance: 2.1 miles
Time: 40 minutes
Perfect for a quick lunchtime walk, this route takes you along the Thames, taking in attractions on both the north and the south banks. Architectural highlights include the nineteenth-century Tate Britain, the postmodern MI6 headquarters, Battersea Power Station and the grand stucco houses of nineteenth-century master builder Thomas Cubitt.
Tate Britain is home to the UK’s biggest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. The building was designed by architect Sidney R J Smith and opened in 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art. It became the Tate in 1932, and though it has undergone various renovations, Smith’s porticoed entranceway and central dome are still its most impressive features.
As you walk out of Tate Britain onto Millbank, look over your shoulder to Millbank Tower. The soaring 1960s building was the Labour Party headquarters between 1995 and 2002. Continue along the road and you’ll also spy the Lego-like headquarters of MI6, the UK Secret Intelligence Service, on the other bank of the Thames.
St George’s Square
This 1830s square (actually a long, narrow rectangle) is of interest to two distinct groups, goths and fans of Regency architecture. ‘Dracula’ author Bram Stoker died here in 1912 while residing at number 26, and most of the surrounding stucco townhouses are the work of master builder Thomas Cubitt, who designed and laid out large parts of Pimlico and Bloomsbury.
Battersea Power Station
As you walk back out onto Grosvenor Road, take time to appreciate the awesome four-towered Battersea Power Station on the other side of the Thames. Built in the late 1920s by Giles Gilbert Scott, the man behind London’s iconic red telephone boxes, it was used to generate electricity until the early ’80s.
Connecting Battersea to Chelsea, this Grade II-listed 1930s bridge, Britain’s first suspension bridge, looks especially pretty after dusk, when it’s spectacularly lit up by hundreds of LEDs along its towers and cables. You’ll only be able to admire it from afar if you’re returning to Pimlico tube – or you can tear up the map and head over the bridge to continue your walk, or rest your legs, in expansive Battersea Park.
Find out more about Shine 2013 by going to www.shinewalk.org/timeout, or simply sign up now and help make London shine. The entry fee is £35, which helps cover the cost of putting on the event. Registration closes at midnight on Sunday September 15 2013.