Crisis Square Mile – London 2012


On Thursday 14th June the Crisis Square Mile event was held in London.  This is a run of just over 4 miles starting at Paternoster Square by St Pauls Cathedral and ending in a sprint over the Millennium Bridge.

The weather was over cast, with the odd drop of rain in the air, but it was not too warm, which was great. I did the event with a group from the IMS team at work, all with different speeds.

Jeremy Paxman sent us on our way waving a flag. People charged out of the square and we were on our way. There were around 2000 runners in the 20th year of the event. After the mad scramble to get going we all settled into our paces.

The course saw us run to the Millenium Bridge and turn right along the Thames, instead of crossing the bridge. Up to a a bridge, over and along to the London Eye, were we did a 180 degree turn and head back along the river to the same bridge we came across. Then back on along the river, under the Millenium bridge to the next bridge, across that and back over the Millenium bridge. I managed a sprint over the last 200 meters. I collected my goodies and then found some of the faster runners in the group whilst waiting for the rest to cross the line.

I managed place 473 with a time of 36:30. This was roughly what I was wanting but had no idea I would do it. I felt chuffed at completing the run.

This is this years article for the run:
http://www.crisis.org.uk/news.php/462/paxman-waves-the-flag-at-the-20th-crisis-square-mile-run

Here is the charity website:
http://www.crisis.org.uk/

About Chris Ainger

I have been working in IT since 1998 in the Public Housing Sector. I have worked with Citrix since 2003 in the days of Citrix Metaframe XP 1.0 FR2. Since then I have been through the processes of upgrading to Presentation Server 4.0 with a farm of around 150 servers. Since then I have helped create a farm of around 200 servers using XenApp 6.0 on VMware 4.1. This was a great experience which has only increased during the upgrades of the environment for out 2000+ users. All of our clients are the WYSE 10 series using ThinOS which I have helped configure for individual users from a central location making administration very simple. I gained my CCA qualification in XenApp 6.0 in January 2012. I am a big fan of SolarWinds also, which is a great monitoring tool. It is very versatile with a small footprint of resource usage on the targeted devices. I am currently designing the interfaces for the IT department for daily use and also a Service view for the Support Desk Team. I am also a keen fisherman, having restarted again after 20 years. I set myself yearly targets to try to complete which makes this more interesting and belong to several forums of other like-minded folks. I, on occasion, fly fish for trout as a treat once in a while or when the fridge gets empty and also sea fly fish for bass and mullet. My main area is sea fishing from either beach, harbour wall or pier. There are so many species of fish to catch around the UK that you can mix up the locations to try something different.

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