There are many sporting events in the capital which attract masses of spectators – the Virgin London Marathon and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race to name two famous examples. However, the London Sumo Run taking place this weekend (July 28th) is perhaps one of those lesser-known ones, which promises to be just as fun to go along to.
Especially if the weather is nice, people staying in central London hotels looking for something to do should get outside and go along to the annual event in Battersea Park to support the participants charging around the park in full inflatable Japanese sumo suits.
As if the costumes weren't funny enough, this year there will be a tropical summer theme for a competition for the best dressed sumo – so attendees can expect to see plenty of runners complete with other inflatable add-ons to entertain the crowds.
There will also be a tug-of-war, a coconut shy with a twist, a raffle, face-painting and lots more.
The event – which has previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people running clad in this way in one place – comprises a 5km course and will be raising money for the charity Link, which works with governments and communities to improve the quality of education for youngsters in sub-Saharan Africa.
Battersea Park is a rather suitable location for the run to take place as it is home to the famous Japanese Peace Pagoda, of which the most part was built by a Buddhist Monk from Japan called Nichidatsu Fujii.
This family-friendly event could be the perfect way to while away a lazy Sunday morning. It will start with a mass inflation session at 9:00am with a group warm-up, followed by the start gun at 9:30am and medal presentations at around 11:30am.