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Salomon Challenge

I was very lucky to be invited to take part in the Salomon Challenge where I pledged to run the central London Tube map.
Here are my running accounts of the London underground tube lines:

The Challenge Introduction
Hammersmith & City Line
Hammersmith & City Line cont
Central Line
Piccadilly Line
Northern Line CX Branch
Northern Line Bank Branch
Circle Line
Circle Line cont
Jubilee Line
Salomon Challenge Conclusion

Delayed Confession

If you've been paying attention, you'll be aware that my Salomon XT Wings challenge - to run the central London tube map - ended in the middle of last week, and since then I've been suspiciously quiet about it. At the time of my last posting, I had two more lines left to complete and [...]

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Pilgrim’s Progress

With only 2 days left to cover off 3 tube lines the pressure was on today. All started positively as my hacking cough ensured I had a spacious seating arrangement on the tube as it transported me across to the other side of the metropolis. I started to feel a bit more jaded as I [...]

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Is Walking Cheating?

There are 3 lines outstanding on the Salomon challenge - Northern Line (Bank branch), Victoria Line and the Bakerloo Line. With only 4 days to go it should still be quite manageable but the trouble is I am still ill. For the past two weeks I've been hacking up chunks and have had to avoid [...]

Challenges Juneathon Running Salomon Challenge

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Trooping the Jubilee Line

I went to London but missed the Queen. I arrived on her doorstep to see a trail of red as the horseguards shot back into their cubby holes. I set off from West Hampstead and had an unremarkable run down to Central London but as soon as I entered Bond Street an ominous rumbling filled [...]

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A bit of Circle Line

I woke with a stinking cold yesterday but as I was in central London for a meeting I could hardly evade a quick tube running session. The plan was to tick off the yellow Circle Line, starting at Aldgate. It seems to me that every photo I've taken on the tube map challenge has included [...]

Challenges Juneathon Running Salomon Challenge

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Underground Surgery

An absolute scorcher today, June has finally arrived and what better way to enjoy the sun than spending 2 hrs locked in a tube train and another couple running through the crowds of Central London? I wonder if I've ever mentioned my dislike of the London public transport system. I'm sure the feeling is mutual, [...]

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Piccadilly Line Complete

For the last 4 nights I have left work with the declaration, "Right, I'm off to do the Piccadily Line". Tonight all excuses escaped me and I finally had to knuckle down and get it completed. It wasn't as grueling as I expected, Garmin reported a total distance of 11.6 km but there were a [...]

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Pink Line Down

I completed the Hammersmith and City line today. I had initially planned to run it as a single long run but in the end I took 3 attempts at it. I'm trying to take it gently with my back but today it was seizing up every time I stopped to take a photo and then [...]

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Red-lining Through London

At 5:15 this evening I threw my non-conforming budgets into the air and stepped away from the computer. I had a bus to catch and it's becoming obvious that I won't be able to maintain my usual level of commitment to the day job and still hope to complete this challenge. It took an hour [...]

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Frottering in Stepney

It would have been nice to lie in with a cup of tea and the latest omnibus edition of The Archers but unfortunately I have about 200 tube stations to visit over the next 30 days. Still, if you have to follow any tube line on a gloomy wet morning, it may as well be [...]

Running Salomon Challenge

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