You might remember that back in September to mark 25 years of Nike's Just Do It campaign we gave readers the chance to win a trip to Paris with four friends to take part in a 10k race. In order to qualify, entrants had to complete the London to Paris challenge where they each ran the distance between London and Paris before the 30th September. Anna Henderson and her team of runners, Hugo Pettit, Giles Ritchie, James Burt and Nick Kilduff, were selected as the Grazia competition winners and so spent last weekend jogging through the streets of Paris and taking Eiffel Tower selfies.
Anna said about the challenge: 'It was so exciting that we were selected as winners as part of the Grazia team. We were thrilled and surprised to be selected. We have all done races in London but never abroad so it was exciting and a great honour.' As for the atmosphere Anna says: 'It was incredible; you could feel the nervous energy. They closed off the streets, so it felt like Paris had been shut down just for us and we owned the streets. We ran past the Louvre, then ran down winding cobbled streets and up to the Place de l'Opera.' As expected Paris was invaded by a Nike army as each participant was given their own white Nike tee and there was a rainbow of running shoes. As Anna says: 'Paris was a sea of swooshes!'
Anna and her running pals were given a new Nike kit before hopping on the EuroStar, which included leggings, a running tee and brand new trainers (squeal!). The girls running for Grazia were given the new Nike LunarGlides and the boys tried out the leopard print reflective flash sneaks - the team had lots of fun testing this out with their camera flashes! 'As a runner felt as important to look and feel good,' Anna said. 'It was a huge honour because both fashion and sport play a huge part in my life. It was a very special treat!'
Grazia's Maaike Dijkstra also travelled to Paris with the team and said: 'Having never completed a 5K before (never mind a 10K) I was anxious about the run, but with Paris as the backdrop there was no better time to step up to the challenge. The enthusiasm and adrenaline of the 7,000 strong crowd rocketed as we set off, and though I trailed behind the lightening-fast competition winners I completed the race in good time. Even the aftermath of aching muscles could not dampen the team's spirit, and I feel proud to have been part of the set of personal bests that were achieved in Paris. Who knows I might even sign up for another…' But it wasn't all about the running, as the team managed to have plenty of pictures with the Eiffel Tower and squeeze in time for cakes at Bocos VIP.
See Team Grazia on the Nike 10k in the gallery below...