Retro running on 17th July

Local people are being offered the opportunity to take part in the daftest race to take place in London this summer, whilst raising money for their favourite charity.  The first ever William Hill London Backward Run is taking place in Crystal Palace Park on Sunday 17th July.

No other sport could possibly lay claim to be as humorous, as tough, as exciting, as contagious, as healthy or as entertaining as this one and all at once too.  In fact anyone who just wants to try something different will be attracted to backward running because of its ‘fun’ image.

There is a backward running experience suitable for absolutely everyone.  For those who just want to experience the backward concept without the pressures of competing there is a ‘backward fun run and walk’, or for the fitness enthusiast looking for their next challenge there will be 1km and 3km races for men and women, with £100 & £200 prizes for the winners, plus prizes for the runners up.

Sally Raynes, Wacky Nation’s Event Director says:   ‘We are hoping that people will just give it a go as this is an experience that requires very little training beforehand.  It is a really great way to raise money with your friends, family or even for your office charity.  With charities receiving much less funding, we wanted to create a fun way for people to get fit and support local charities too.’

Backward running, also known as reverse running and retro running also has amazing health benefits and is considered a super-exercise. Research has shown that backward running has massive potential in areas of fitness, well-being and rehabilitation.  If you’re looking to reduce the risk of knee injury, seeking to lose weight or reduce back problems, backward running could be for you.  In fact there are 100 reasons to try backward running with benefits to the body and mind (see below for twenty five of these).  Just once a week, the long-term benefits could be amazing.  What do you have to lose?

Good luck and once you start, you may never look back again – or should that be forward?  If you would like to find out more about the race visit the website at

For more information on either of the events or on backward running please ring Sally on 01884 255896 or email

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One response to “Retro running on 17th July

  1. I can’t do the event, but I’ll give it a go!

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