Skint? Bloated? Seeking your next challenge? How about a free guided run that takes you along London’s famous transport system: the Tube? Set up by a couple of guys, this fun and friendly group of runners take on a different tube line every month.
Run the map of the London Tube
Note – this is a friendly run, not a race. Put simply; you follow the route of the chosen tube line. The group starts at one tube station and finishes at another a fair distance away. The only catch is, you have to pass by each and every tube station along the way. The distances vary but the whole gang stay together and run at a leisurely pace of around 8-11 minute miles. And with water stops and toilet breaks along the way, you don’t have to worry about not having enough fuel.
I tried the Hammersmith & City line
Having heard about it on Lunges & Lycra: This month in sweat, I joined them on today’s run along the Hammersmith & City line, which started at Hammersmith and finished at Barking. I thought it would be a good way to get a long way in, break away from my normal patch and also run with good company and conversation. So I headed out at 7am to meet everyone at Bill’s down in Hammersmith for a prompt start of 8:30am. I’m not going to lie and say the route was picturesque but it was an interesting take on a training run.
Great MaraFUN training
Before I knew it, we’d arrived at my final destination, Liverpool Street, (no, I didn’t do the whole route as I had to get back home via Homebase as we’re doing up the flat) and I had to say goodbye and ran to Waitrose Finchley Central (a good 8 miles after around 10 miles, so yes, it was not too bad in terms of distance today).
Had I continued with the group all the way to Barking, I would have also have totted up 18 miles and been able to join them in the pub.
Rewards aside, London Tube Run adds a different dimension to marathon training. So if you’re struggling and are looking for motivation, it’s worth joining them on their next run which will take on the mighty Northern line.
Go to http://www.tube-run.com/ to find out more