Sumos can run too you know!


Sumo running GemmaCan you spot me? Running in the village I used to live in, in an inflatable Sumo suit? It’s a ‘Where’s Wally’ moment… You can just see my rather large g-string.

Did you know that the loincloth for a Sumo (mawashi) is about seven metres long? As you can see in the photo, mine is a lot smaller than that!

Look closely and you’ll see me staggering about in the heat of the summer in an inflatable sumo suit. Now what sane person would do that?

Well, firstly I am not sane, and secondly it was to raise money as part of the Sumo Run, which takes place in Battersea Park in London at the end of June each year.

Unfortunately, I was struck down with tonsillitis and flu at the same time so couldn’t attend the actual race in Battersea Park, much to my disappointment. So roughly two weeks later, I ran around The Lee on a 5km trail in a boiling hot, sweaty, plastic, inflatable suit. I looked hideous and can only imagine the view for the poor people behind me!

I have to say, the run was torturous. I was absolutely sweltering but never gave up. I ran past many villagers who just looked at me with their mouths wide open. Cars beeped behind me and children fell about laughing.Sumo Gemma

I even managed to get into the local press a few days before so the villagers were out in full force waiting for me to run past.

I am now on the lookout for another challenge for later this year. Any suggestions welcome and if I can dress up, even better!