On the way out along the embankment I saw a small group of runners moving at reasonable speed on the other side of the road. Too early for the Hare and Hounds I though but when I saw one of them come within millimetres of being squashed by a car when crossing a side road I had to think again. As it happens I saw then again at the top of Green Park walking towards Wellington Arch having clearly finished their run so I guess they just had a death wish.
Decide to aim at 7 min/mile pace for the 5 mile run which, at around 10 to 15 seconds slower than usual tempo pace, I reckoned would be hard enough to count but was still realistically achievable. As it was I was able to complete the circuit slightly quicker although it felt far from easy. If the sun had been out for the entire run I would have struggled.
On the way back saw what looked like real Hare and Hounds hanging round