London's financial Square Mile district, not a part of town renowned for open green spaces, let alone an area big enough for an LGN measured 1km loop.
However, on behalf of our committed RBS Run Club team the LGN trainers tracked down the perfect green 1km location at Weavers Fields and once more unleashed the unnerving accuracy of LGN's measuring wheel.
Weavers Fields - a green & fertile land as clearly demonstrated...
A selection of LGN's RBS Run Club team members prepare for 1km action
LGN's 1km loops have been located and measured at several key points around London for use primarily by LGN Run Clubs http://www.lgnwellbeing.com/
LGN 1km loops serve several key purposes:
We at LGN embrace technology with a cuddly bear lost & found-like grip, and indeed 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 used 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 measuring wheels take time out from work to holiday in the orient
LGN Square Mile 1km Loop at Weavers Fields - Vallance Road E2
Map and LGN 1km route overview available here - http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/gb/london/819128982572819103
LGN trainer and international GB runner Ben Noad measures out the Weavers Field 1km loop. The course is essentially a single loop around the outer edge of the park, exact directions as follows:
At the corner of Vallance Road / Derbyshire Street within the park the LGN 1km begins at the start of the wooden structure
Run straight and prepare for a hard right turn at the end
And now you turn right, going around the wooden fence-like structure
And this is the view that greets you, run straight & another right turn in approx 200m
Keep going straight and if still in season admire the autumnal leafery
and still you straight, past the wooden seating and through the Weavers Fields signature gates
Straight over the concrete path and get ready in 50m for right turn
At this point you go onto path and get ready to take the right turn around big tree
As you go round the tree make sure to top up from its fantastic oxygen giving properties
Half way aka 500m - over the path and now follow the edge of the football pitch
At the end of the football pitch you are turning right and following the line
Straight over next path and onto another football pitch, keeping bench on your right
As you run across 2nd pitch you are following the centre line
Now turning right following football line to children's play area
Keep to the visibly worn path and thus turn left around outer edge of play area
Having kept the play area on your left hand side continue to keep edge of park also on your left - 200m remaining!
One final right hand turn and then a 50m kick will see you home to finish 1km
Turning right around the wooden park furniture, 30m remaining..
1,000m! Marked by the tree next to the fence, only 50m from where you started
LGN trainer Ben Noad is very happy with his 1km loop - oh yes, very happy.
Forget your GPS, LGN 1km loops are measured accurately and we like to celebrate with the tools of our trade
Good luck to all LGN Run Club members who use this 1km loop to measure fitness and running progress, please feel free to add your latest times and feedback in LGN comment box below.
Happy running from all the team at LGN!