Authored by Vince Russell on 03 July 2007 at 04:13AM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Vince Goes Ape

Vince Kong runs the British 10km

Vince Kong warms up

I've always been a fan of people who run the marathon in fancy dress and hoped that one day it would be me, so when we decided to enter the British 10km run, I thought of nothing else but realising my dream and running as Vince Kong. It wasn't easy I can tell you.

In the weeks prior to the race, Ben, Dan and Rob pounded the streets of their home towns, comparing times and projecting how long they'd take to finish the race. I opted instead to devise a tough training regime that would surely see me complete the race in a world record time for a gorilla. Sadly, a few too many nights out left my schedule in tatters and I ended up just doing a bit of cycling.

Rather too quickly though, the race was upon us and the four of us made our way to Piccadilly Circus at a very unreasonable hour on Sunday morning. I needed to "become" Vince Kong and due to the lack of changing facilities in the centre of London, soon found myself standing in my boxers as perplexed tourist's wandered by. I'm not sure what was more confusing, a chap standing in his skiddies in the middle of the street or the inordinately hairy pile of clothing at my feet.

Vince Kong and a spitfire

Now changed, I decided to perform a few stretches, this was nothing really to do with the race, I just thought they'd make good photographs! Shortly after, we walked down to drop our bags and head to the start line, and after a bit of waiting we were finally off!

For the first two and half kilometres, it wasn't too bad, I kept pace with Dan and Rob while Ben made his bid to win the race. Running with the suit on was quite unusual, perhaps if you try running with a sock over your mouth and blinking every second to simulate the head moving up and down, you'll get close to what it's like. And make sure the sock is a few days old to see what it's like after 7km.

After two and half kilometres, I slowed and Dan and Rob continued. I spent the remainder of the race running then walking, running then walking. The crowd cheering kept me going and the shouts of "come on monkey-boy", and "keep it up gorilla!" were very welcome. Some great rousing music like God Save the Queen, Land of Hope and Glory, and Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols also pushed me towards the finish line.

Tarsus Monkey's at the finish line

The biggest lift I got though was from Rob's mum and dad, a pure chance encounter and a quick photo opportunity and I was on my way armed with the knowledge that Rob wasn't far in front of me! I was lifted! I got my gorilla-head down and ran, pushing ever muscle in my legs to near breaking point, undertaking the slow and keeping pace with the quick, imagining the glory that would await me at the finish line! However, fifteen seconds later I was back in my run walk, run walk routine as Rob no doubt increased the gap and cemented his place in front of me.

When the end was in sight, I was so relieved, I managed a mini-sprint over the line, threw my arms in the air and cheered, quickly followed by another cheer when I saw that I'd managed to get round in an hour and eleven minutes. Rob, Dan and Ben had also managed to complete the 10km in very good times.

So with nothing left but to bask in our collective glory, we headed to the nearest pub for a last photo opportunity and a few beers. Sadly, being in gorilla hands for the past couple of hours made it difficult to grip, something that Dan quickly found out as I spilt my entire pint on him. Sorry Dan!

Myself, Dan, Rob and Ben ran for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated! I might not be too late either, if you'd like to sponsor us then feel free to use our just giving page

Photo's from Vince Kong runs the British 10km

Stretching the eary morning away

Vince Kong attempts to push a building over

Vince Kong dancersizing!

Tarsus Monkeys prepare to depart

A good luck hug from the wife

Vince Kong and a very big spoon

Who's this clown? Said the chap on the right

Vince Kong and a spitfire!

Vince Kong meets Random Kong

The gang did well!

A very well deserved pint

Basking in the glory!

Authored by Vince Russell on 03 July 2007 at 04:13AM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Vince Goes Ape

Comments about "Vince Kong runs the British 10km"

The Wife said

Epic - can't believe the Wooden Spoon from Twickers turned up as well! Well done chaps.

03 July 2007 at 12:33PM

Dan said

It was a great day, Well the lead up to and drinks after the race where good. But the running hurt like hell. I'll not be doing that again in a hurry.

03 July 2007 at 02:11PM

The Youngest Sister-in-law said

Total Legend Vincent! Well done Fella's. Bet those tourists at Picadilly were confused, you in your briefs in the middle of the circus ha ha!

03 July 2007 at 02:37PM

Alex said

I thought you were crazy, but this just confirms it!! Well done at finishing it under 1 hour and 12 minutes!!

03 July 2007 at 02:43PM

Baby Jayne said

Well done Uncle Vince Kong - glad you are getting in training for chasing me round the garden!

03 July 2007 at 03:40PM

Richard Eniola said

Great effort Vinnie!!! Can't believe you made it round in such a quick time. Congrats to you and the lads!

03 July 2007 at 04:20PM

Sergey said

Hi Vince! You are heroes guys, I wish I would be there with my tripod & camera :) Very good time for Vince Kong, just an extra hour to your every-morning exercises (not beer but jogging) and you take a marathon!
BTW how are you all? My hot greetings to everybody from the place where's 40C every day :)

06 July 2007 at 02:01AM

The Sister said

Well Done!!!!

wish i could have been there to see it!

london marathon next year, i'll take the horse

19 July 2007 at 05:52PM

Gareth and Carolyn said

as always...awesome

p.s. have you been rowing yet VK?

12 September 2007 at 12:05AM


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