Lighting up the night-time with an incredible parade of over 17,000 walkers who adorn themselves with glowsticks, bright clothes and lights, Shine is an inspiring way not only to raise money for the wonderful charity Cancer Research UK, but is also a way of symbolising the light their work can bring to the darkness of cancer, which affects so many lives.
At night, on Saturday September 27 2014.
We won't keep you guessing any longer – the route has now been revealed in full and Shiners will be taking in some of London’s most iconic sights, passing the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. This year, Shine starts at Southwark Park, about one mile from Tower Bridge and Shine walkers will light up London's night sky before finishing at Old Billingsgate in the heart of the City – the half marathon starts at 7.30pm and the main marathon walk begins at 9pm and 10.15pm.
Cancer is a disease that affects more than one in three of us in the UK. By joining this walk, you can raise money to help beat all types of cancer, or personalise your sponsorship to fund life-saving research into one of 12 cancer types. Shine is unique in enabling you to do this.
The walk is open to all men and women aged 13 and older. Why not sign up with friends, family or workmates and support each other along the way? You'll be walking with 17,000 other Shine walkers on the night.
Not everyone can manage the full marathon distance (26.2 miles), so there is also a half-marathon route. The event organisers are also welcoming volunteer helpers who want to lend their support in other ways on the night.
You can find out more about Shine 2014 and sign up to help make London shine by going to www.shinewalk.org/timeout. The entry fee is £35, which helps cover the cost of putting on the event. Registration closes at midnight on Sunday September 14 2014.
House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.