“If you’re looking for a social run with exploration and a lot of laughs I can’t recommend RIBIT highly enough.”
RIBIT, standing for Run It Because It’s There, is a group for runners of all abilities who run from and to interesting places. Led by the OS Map adorned Phil Robbins, previous RIBIT runs have followed tube lines, the Greenwich Meridian and even themed landmarks. There are always options to join in and drop out along the routes and the pace is leisurely allowing participants to chat and even grab the odd photo.
This month’s route started at the O2 Arena with a small, but incredibly social, group of hardy runners meeting in the growing heat of a Sunday morning. Running east along the Thames path the route wiggled down in a 6-mile loop taking the Woolwich foot tunnel, coming back past City Airport and over the Royal Victoria Bridge. We then got on the Emirates Air Line over the Thames which gave some incredible views along the river and a well-earned break!
The second six-mile loop went west to Greenwich past the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark going under the river via the Greenwich foot tunnel (which was surprisingly busy). Cutting through Island Gardens the route continued alongside Canary Wharf before meeting the River Lea as it met the Thames.
A warm day for a run, but a very picturesque (if industrially so at points). A great 12-miler and a fab introduction to #runitbecauseitsthere.
If you’re looking for high pace runs around the capital this is probably not for you, however, if you’re looking for a social run with exploration and a lot of laughs I can’t recommend RIBIT highly enough. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future runs and I love the fact that I can go along and do just part of them as well.