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An evening with Lizzy Hawker at the North Face Store, Regent Street

by editor
Friday 20th May 2016
Run247 were invited along to an evening with Lizzy Hawker at the North Face Store, Regent Street in London. The evening was part of the North Face #NeverStopLondon in shop hub launched last year (here) and pretty much sold out straight away once announced. 
"What running has come to mean me - the overwhelming sense of presence, being firmly rooted in the moment. When you are there, in the moment that is freedom." 
Regular readers of Run247 will know that we are big fans of Lizzy Hawker and the opportunity to listen to her talk should never be missed. I would like to say that Lizzy is down to earth and very normal but she is not. She is an amazingly special person. She has a calmness about her that have never seen before and I had a general feeling that her mind is in a place I could only dream of understanding, never mind manage to reach myself. 
Lizzy says that what running has come to mean for her is the overwhelming sense of presence being firmly routed in the moment. You are at the place in between the known and the unknown - the possibility - and what we do with that possibility is the challenge.  This really hit a chord with me - being in the moment, the possibility, is the best place to be. No concerns for what has gone on before and no worries of what could be. In that short sentence Lizzy had inspired me, not only in running but just generally in life, to enjoy the moment more and not to think about the known and unknown for a little while. 
You can watch Lizzy’s talk here: 

After the talk we jumped on a coach and headed out of London to Hampstead Heath for a dusk 10k trail run. If that wasn’t fun enough, Lizzy was also coming along too and what followed was a particularly enjoyable example of ‘being in the moment’. As the run went on the light faded and with the use of head torches we were able to navigate through the lovely park back to the start area, to finish the run. The last bit of the run had us running out of the trees and up a hill in complete darkness to be greeted by the lit up skyline of London in the distance which was truly spectacular. For a moment I was lost for words, not thinking about the known or the unknown, just looking at the possibility. Lizzy had inspired us all and as I walked back down to the coach I started to realise that she done this without trying - she was just being Lizzy out on a run. 
For more information and to get involved with the #NeverStopLondon community follow the Instagram account www.instagram.com/neverstoplondon and join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/neverstoplondon

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