London’s underground railway — commonly known as The Tube — has been around since 1863 when its inaugural line connected the railway termini at Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross to the City.
[fusion_title size=”4″]RACING THE TUBE[/fusion_title]
More than 150 years after its grand opening, the Tube has inspired a bit of urban fun wherein a runner disembarks from the train, then tries to catch it at again a subsequent station down the line.
For warmups, we follow a fit fellow on a sprint from Mansion House to Cannon Street.
[fusion_title size=”4″]MANSION HOUSE TO CANNON STREET[/fusion_title]
In the #racethetube project’s premiere video, James Heptonstall sprints 380 meters between stations on the Circle Line. Outfitted with a GoPro camera, he ascends 75 steps and navigates two ticket barriers before reboarding the train just before the doors are closed.
[fusion_title size=”4″]MOORGATE TO ST JAMES PARK[/fusion_title]
In a more distance-oriented followup, an even fitter fellow is tracked from Moorgate to St. James Park.
[fusion_title size=”4″]LONDON EYE TO BANKSIDE PIER[/fusion_title]
When tube racers tire of taking on trains, passenger boats beckon from the River Thames. The Thames Clipper takes 8 minutes 30 seconds to make its way from London Eye to Bankside Pier. The 2.2 kilometer foot path betwixt the two crosses 5 bridges and requires runners to be a proficient at pedestrian dodging.