24th September 2009
Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6EN
So far in this project we’ve encountered the London Marathon at the start and at the finish, as well as some point after the halfway mark. We’ve also seen a deep-sea diver and a giant spoon – it’s that kind of event.
Today we’re deep in the city for roughly the start of the straight run all the way along the riverside to Westminster. On First impressions, you wouldn’t realise how close to the river we are here (well, apart from the bit-of-a-giveaway street name) – though the presence to the left of us of the old Billingsgate Fish Market (not much fish being sold there now, sadly), and the ancient church of St Magnus the Martyr to the right (still with the entrance to Old London Bridge in its courtyard) do present something of a clue.
Immediately in front of us, however, is the gleaming modern home of Northern and Shell – publishers of a raft of newspaper and magazine titles including the consistently challenging Daily Express – now under the potentially less soul destroying ownership of Trinity Mirror, who no doubt hope to bring back the kind of integrity that was the paper’s hallmark back in the day.
Meanwhile, the marathon itself was won in record time by Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru (who tragically died only two years later in somewhat mysterious circumstances), with Irina Mikitenko triumphing for a second time in the women’s race. And of the vast number of songs out there with ‘run’ in the title, we’ve gone for a bit of vintage soul today.