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My Time Out Sony Rave Run

Mar 5, 2015 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Is this what it feels like to be a celebrity? Except without having the hair, makeup and wardrobe team behind you all the time!



I was thrilled to be asked by Time Out and Sony Xperia to be the official blogger for their Rave Run yesterday. Although I wasn’t prepared for Ash the photographer telling me he was going to ‘stick by me’ and take multiple shots as I ran. Why does it have to be soo early! Thanks Char for joining me for such an early run date and for putting up with all the photographs.

runners St Pauls

At 6.45am we met up at Shutterbug in Shoreditch for a brief warm up and usual pre-run hype that comes with any Charlie Dark/Run Dem run! After a short, chilly warm up, we set off on our way to Waterloo vaults. Thankfully the weather was playing ball- although the Xperia Z3 is waterproof so no need to worry if it rains! Running in the light in the morning is such a treat- I am so over winter!

After a quick photo stop at St Pauls we sprinted towards the Millenium Bridge before making a swift right turn and running along the embankment, cheering runners as they passed.

Runners St Paul's Cathedral





Tunnel Up, Tunnel Up came the cry from further down the road. This is one of my favourite bits about running with Run Dem (do they do these on their normal weekly runs? I hope so!) the support and motivation for other runners is unrivalled and this run was no different. Runners of all abilities joined together to cover the 6KM distance and enjoy the sights of London in the early morning light.

Another quick photo opp on Waterloo Bridge before we set off  on the final stretch- the high quality camera on the Xperia Z3 makes it easy to take photos while running (or handing to strangers to take photos of you while running) plus the long battery life means you won’t have a dead phone after mapping, recording and photographing your run!


As we ran under the underpass to Waterloo we blasted our whistles, making a cacophony of noise. (By the way, running and whistling is really difficult.) Our fun run ended at The Vaults under Waterloo for a breakfast rave, where I may have been more involved in the breakfast part than the rave part.

Thank you to Sony and Time Out for choosing me as one of their official bloggers. I received an Xperia Z3 as part of my partnership with them. 


  1. Pam and Christine

    This post makes me happy and sad at the same time. Running in London is such a treat and I am sad that I was not a runner during our time living in England. However, your Time Out run looked like so much fun it brought a huge grin to my face. I will run vicariously through you on the other side of the pond!

  2. Bibi

    This looks like SO much fun! Like the last commenter, I’m so mad that I wasn’t really into running when I lived in London – there is so much to do.

    So cool that a technology company is thinking of runners as a core market – it shows we’re gone mainstream!


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