Ruba Talukdar is no stranger to The Big Half. Born and bred in Tower Hamlets, one of the half marathon’s host boroughs, Ruba has been running since late 2018 and has taken part in London’s community half marathon three times. She will be lacing up her running trainers once again this September.
A pacer at the 2022 and 2023 TCS London Marathons, Ruba has spent her whole life living and working in Tower Hamlets. The Parenting Practitioner has dabbled with the idea of moving away from east London but hasn’t quite found the right reason to leave her roots behind.
“Tower Hamlets is like a bubble,” she says. “It’s a buzzing area full of vibrancy. From Brick Lane to Poplar and Whitechapel, there’s always so much happening. I’ve thought about moving elsewhere but my children are settled and we’re happy here. Plus, after living here for so long, I know all the best parts of the borough.”
It’s fair to say Ruba has a bit of a love-hate relationship with The Big Half. She explains: “There’s such a buzz running The Big Half. There’s nothing quite like running through your local area, seeing so many familiar faces and people cheering you on, knowing that you’re doing something to give back to your local community. But I absolutely hate the cobbled streets!”