#runlikeelle #LFW A/W 2014 Arts Run

FAD Stories, Leadership Academy

FAD ambassadors teamed up with accidental marathon runner and catwalk guru, Elle Hankinson – for a sporty experience of London Fashion Week, titled the A/W 2014 Arts Run

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Journeying from one show to the next, Elle’s flash mob were eager participants of an exciting experiment designed by Elle combining a passion for fashion with a passion for running.

We caught up with some of the ambassadors who took part in this season’s Arts Run … Check out what they had to say about the experience … 

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Did it surprise you to hear of someone linking running and fashion?  What do you think of the idea?

I was surprised at first, I wasn’t really sure what to expect! But I had such an amazing time! I think that Elle Hankinson had such an amazing idea to link running and fashion together, as it makes running 5k fun. I was initially worried about whether or not I would be able to keep up the pace, but having the opportunity to stop of at different LFW events made it easier to keep going and motivated me to reach the finish line! – Tihara, 2013 Fashion Futures finalist and George mentee

What did you see and who did you meet during the run?

We saw various presentations from the likes of Orla Kiely, The International Fashion Showcase and Win Mu. We also got the chance to walk around the National Portrait Gallery to view the legendary photographer David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition. – Beau, winner of the 2013 FAD Junior Awards

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After providing us with this great opportunity, Elle had yet another surprise install for us at the hotel. She gave us all voucher codes for the Womens #WeOwnTheNight 10km run set to take place in May, and also a free pair of Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 trainers to customize and keep! – Faith, FAD Leadership Academy member

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What was the hardest thing?

The hardest thing was the long run to the finish point. I thought the road wasn’t going to end! We kept running and running, half way down the road it started to rain. But there was light at the end of the tunnel! We eventually arrived at the Edition Hotel and had a lovely brunch – a nice reward after a long day. – Clara, FAD Leadership Academy member

Has this inspired you to run more in the future?

Definitely! Elle Hankinson provided us all with a code which allowed us to enter the Nike We Own The Night women’s 10k run in May for free, which has motivated me to keep on running so I’ll be able to do 10k in a few months. – Tihara, 2013 Fashion Futures finalist and George

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The girls were so inspired from the #runlikeelle fashion week challenge that they have decided to run the 10k Nike We Own The Night run later in the year.

WELL DONE to the FAD ambassadors for taking part in the #runlikeelle Arts Run and a massive THANK YOU to Elle Hankinson for including FAD in her fashionable genius! 

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