Fitness First Home Run London

I’m really lucky that I am able to run during the daytime when Hector is at school (holidays present another challenge entirely), but it can be hard finding time to run when your day is spent mostly at a desk and this working day is wrapped up in a long commute. Many people decide to fit in some training by cycling to and from work, which is great because you can carry your change of clothes and paperwork in a set of panniers and not worry too much about travelling light. I often see runners though, plodding up our road in the morning, laden down by a rucksack bobbing up and down on their back and wonder just how good that can be for their poor old spine. I might just position myself outside sometime and tell them about a great service for London runners called ‘Fitness First Home Run London‘.

This is an excellent idea for runners who want to attempt a run-commute but would prefer to run with others and also not have to worry about carrying a heavy bag or working out complicated logistics around ‘travelling light’. Runners can run all or part of the way home and their bags will be carried for them. Commuters are offered a six season calendar, organised in six week intervals, with four routes available within inner London including Bank to Clapham Junction (via Waterloo); Tottenham Court Road to Highbury; Liverpool Street to Stratford; and Canary Wharf to Waterloo (via Bank). Each route takes runners on a cityscape journey covering iconic London locations such as the Houses of Parliament, South Bank and the Gherkin. The Fitness First Home Run London guided runs started last week and commuters can sign up for six weeks for only £15.00 (12 runs in total); which includes a complimentary t-shirt and the use of the bag carrying service for every run. As Home Run’s official fitness partner, each route will start or finish at a designated Fitness First gym, and Fitness First members can participate free of charge. If you visit the website here, you can check out the routes and decide which one works for you. If I worked in central London and wanted to make sure I fitted in a set number of runs each week, I would definitely give this a try, it looks like fun…



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