LGN Run Club’s Kings Cross 1km Loop
"Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists." (Samuel Johnson)
Welcome to LGN's most urban 1km Loop and proof positive that even the crowded old London as Samuel Johnson describes above as ample room for running and in particular a 1km loop.
Barnard Park is just 5mins walk from Kings CRoss and is our location for the Kings Cross 1km loop
LGN's 1km loops have been located and measured at several key points around London for use primarily by LGN Run Clubs:
LGN 1km loops serve several key purposes:
- Provide comparable LGN standard course for all our Run Clubs
- Via monthly time trial assist with Run Club members tangible fitness progress
- Offer tempo training guide for LGN Run Club members and friends of LGN
- Help build confidence for those aiming for their initial 5km or 10km
- Fan the already raging flames of Inter LGN Run Club banter & rivalry
We at LGN embrace running based technology with a child-like grip, and for identifying our LGN 1km loops we used internet mapping to find best routes.
However, when it came to accurate measurement we laughed in the face of GPS and instead use trusted measuring techniques for inch perfect accuracy, thus while you will have a route map below, rest easy knowing we walked every single 1km loop with a manual measuring wheel to make sure each one LGN 1km loop is indeed exactly 1km.
LGN's trusted measuring wheels, enjoying downtime and Eskimo kissing whilst holidaying in the Orient
Please find LGN Run Club's Kings Cross 1km Loop mapped below:
Please find LGN's photo blog of the 1km route below:
The Kings Cross 1km loop using Barnard Park is just less than a two loop affair as each complete lap is exactly 512.8m long.
Barnard Park in bloom - this flower bed marks your 1km start
The tarmac line creates our exact Barnard Park 1km starting point
From the start line you head straight down keeping the enclosed sports facility on your right
You are now aiming for the left hand corner as you begin your outer park 1km section
Head straight down and get ready for the chicance induced 1km hip wiggle
As you exit the park get reday to take the next left
As you turn left a lovely downhill section of Richmond Avenue will greet you, but get ready for the very next left
Number 46 aka the 'Egyptian House' marks the end of the road where you hang a hard left
This is your running vision as you turn left onto Hemingford Road and come back to park
Towards the end of Hemingford Road on your left you take the entrance back into Barnard Park
The hill takes you back to your start where you turn left, go over start line and head off on lap #2
And for the 2nd time you see this hill which is your final 30m - 40m, you have three trees on either side of the hill, and it is the last two trees on either side at the top that mark your exact 1km finish line.
This is your finishing tree on the left hand side as you run up the hill - congrats on your 1km
The team at LGN look forward to hearing about the Run Club's times tumbing and indeed them posted on the forum below... who is in with a shout of winning a brand new pair of Asics running shoes?
Happy running from all the team at LGN!