FKT: The Capital Ring – #MWTCR

On December 31st 2017, at 5am, I will start running South from the Thames, at Woolwich. Slightly less that 20 hours later, I will arrive back at the North entrance to the Woolwich tunnel with a load of new stories, aching legs, and an FKT to my name.

Follow my progress here, or by following #MWTCR…

On December 31st 2017, I will begin running from Woolwich to Woolwich on a 82.2mile route around London’s outskirts called The Capital Ring.

Inspired by stories of previous JMT (John Muir Trail) FKT holder, Brett Maune, and by the FKT Forum community, I am going to attempt to run the route on under 20hrs 40mins. The previous FKT, although not officially registered on any FKT forum or blog, was set by Sark Kenny – he ran from Harrow to Harrow (my hometown) and has done numerous Ultra-length runs/expeditions in his life. I am a newbie at this longer-than-5km distance and am looking forward to the challenge.

The Capital Ring run offers you the chance to see some of London’s finest scenery. Divided into 15 sections, it covers 78 miles (126KM) of open space, nature reserves, Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and more.


  • Horsenden Hill
  • Eltham Palace
  • Abney Park Cemetery
  • Olympic Park
  • The Great North Wood
  • Wimbledon, Richmond Park and the Grand Union Canal
  • Welsh Harp
  • Finsbury Park
  • Walthamstow Marshes
  • The Thames Barrier
  • Beckenham Place Park
  • Streatham Common
  • Syon Park
  • Wharncliffe Viaduct


Look out for the following:

  • In open spaces – a white disc on a wooden post featuring a Big Ben logo and directional arrow. Remember to pay close attention to the arrow to make sure it’s directing you the right way
  • On streets – large aluminium signs – featuring the walking man symbol – strapped to lamp posts and other street furniture. These sometimes include the word ‘link’ to indicate a link route to a station

Route sections

The 78-mile route is divided into 15 walks:

Section 1: Woolwich Foot Tunnel to Falconwood

Section 2: Falconwood to Grove Park

Section 3: Grove Park to Crystal Palace

Section 4: Crystal Palace to Streatham

Section 5: Streatham to Wimbledon Park

Section 6: Wimbledon Park to Richmond Bridge

Section 7: Richmond Bridge to Osterley Lock

Section 8: Osterley Lock to Greenford

Section 9: Greenford to South Kenton

Section 10: South Kenton to Hendon

Section 11: Hendon to Highgate

Section 12: Highgate to Stoke Newington

Section 13: Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick

Section 14: Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park

Section 15: Beckton District Park to Woolwich



I have started a research/planning document where I have mapped a breakdown of the sections, their lengths, their closest transport links, and the time I expect to complete them in…


If you are at all running/cycling inclined and would like to support me in my mad quest for the record, please do get in touch and I’ll organise a section of the route for you to run/cycle with me. You will provide navigation assistance, moral support, and pacing help too! If not, you can follow my training, and the eventual attempt, by following me on social media at @lifebymick, and the hashtag #mwtcr, or comment with your email and I’ll add you to the email contact group to receive updates and notifications on training runs and attempt day!

Follow #MWTCR for updates, or click follow on this blog and I’ll make sure I get more info up as I have it.


3 thoughts on “FKT: The Capital Ring – #MWTCR

    1. Hey Ed! I’m actually FROM Harrow and anticipate going over the Hill at around 1-3pm.
      Although, recently developments mean that the date, and the start/end point, are currently in flux.

      Thanks for reading.


      1. Hi Mick

        With the date fast approaching I thought I might ask if you’re up for me joining you still for a few miles in Harrow? I can bring anything you need food or drink-wise. I may only be with you for a couple of miles as I am returning to running after an injury but it would be great to provide some support.

        All the best


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s