London Runner Creates Festive ‘Strava Art’

Are we witnessing the dawn of a new type of running?!

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Clockwise from top left: Father Christmas, Christmas tree, Rudolph, Snowman, Snowflake, Sleigh

Owen Delaney, a 40-year-old Strava member from Teddington, has created some amazing festive Strava Art (made via GPS tracks on the popular running and cycling App Strava) in Bushy Park, west London.

Delaney, a keen runner and father of two, says, “I was looking at a map of Bushy Park last week and I thought the Diana Fountain would make a great Rudolph’s nose, so I drew him using the Strava route planner and just went out and ran it. People seemed to like it, so I did Santa the next day.

“That was the toughest one, trying to run his eyes and eyebrows through knee-deep bracken, in the dark, it was very unforgiving on the legs! Then I thought why not try and come up with something different every day until Christmas.

“I read a great quote in a book by Richard Askwith recently: “Find the kind of running that gives you the most joy, and just get out and do it” or something to that effect. I’m enjoying this kind of running!”

He adds, “My kids seem quite confused by it all though. I show them the pictures after I’ve done a run, and they just give me a funny look like I’ve lost the plot. Kids are very astute.”

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Owen and his son, Tom, at their local Bushy Park parkrun

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