(Images: Home Run)
It’s no big secret.
Commuting is a pain.
It wouldn’t be so bad if everyone else weren’t doing it at the exact same time. Or if everyone else was a bit more chipper whilst jostling in a jolly fashion for the tube. Or at least if fellow commuters were all as bothered about quality deodorant and not eating kippers for breakfast before setting off for work. After all, as much as we love public transport, a face of sweaty armpit before 9AM is not the best way to start the day. In fact, it’s rubbish full stop.
Cycling your commute has long been heralded as a fresher and less squashed way to get to work than taking the bus but bikes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.
So how about running?
“But what about my bag?” you may think. “I have to work in a suit and I’d probably get lost anyways and how am I going to transport my yoghurt and homemade soup without slopping them everywhere?”.
Say hello to Home Run.
They’re an organisation set up to help Londoners run home from work without the hassle of carrying all their work clobber with them. There are set routes that roughly follow tube lines and there are more to come as the company grows.
The deal is you meet at a set time and place after work, all ready in your running gear and hand over all non-running paraphernalia to the Home Run cyclist. They will then transport your stuff to the end destination, leaving you free to run unencumbered.
The groups are led by experienced runners who will guide you home along safe streets. What’s more, the service is free and open to everyone from seasoned marathon runners to those of us that only ever run to catch the last bus.
When you sign up, you receive a free orange t-shirt to help you stand out on the roads and let your lead runner keep an eye on you whilst you’re puffing home.
Whether you whizz off ahead and wait for the cyclist to arrive with your bags or stick with the group and choose a slower pace, your possessions are totally safe and looked after.
And if you really run out of steam, don’t worry as the routes follow the tube lines so you can just hop on a tube and meet the group at the other end to collect your bag.
In a year when public transport in the capital is set to be busier than ever and the world’s greatest athletes are heading to the UK, a little run home from work doesn’t sound like such a huge hassle after all.