There’s an underground group of runners who are skipping the busy commute by running the tube lines.
Organised by friends Phil Mwansa, John Higgins and Jodie Gauld, London Tube Run, is a community of runners who have a mission to run the route of each tube line in London. They map out routes that follow each lines’ path using Strava, then each month will host an event to run this line above ground, passing each tube stop as they go.
Seeing where you are really taken each time you take a tube is a real eye-opener. For instance, when running the Circle Line, the group go past some famed landmarks such as The London Eye, Big Ben and The Tower of London.
Welcoming all levels of runners, London Tube Run opens up the opportunity for runners to push the distance they run because when it gets too much, they can simply hop on at the next tube stop. The pace is always social – chatting and making new friends is encouraged, all the way to the end, where the group celebrates with some well-deserved food and drink.
Ask any runner and they will tell you that The Virgin London Marathon is one of the “Big Six” marathons – the others being Tokyo, New York, Berlin, Chicago and Boston. England’s capital city has a growing running community and with that more and more runners are searching for new thrills.
London is also famed for the TFL London Underground, but this is the first time that anyone has put into action running all of the lines.
Phil, founder of London Tube Run, said: “I love to run, I wanted to do something different and I wanted to do it with like-minded people. I began by having to really persuade some friends to join but after that our events have grown so much that we now get a waiting list each time.”