Posted: 07/09/2014 at 07:50
My office is relocating from Romford to West Kensington in mid November, because of this I will not be able to get home in time for my two evening runs with my club. My journey to work is changing from a 45 minute drive to a 2 hour train and tube journey. However, I have decided to try and combat this by running from the station to the office 3 times a week, we have showers at the office. I haven't worked in London for nearly 18 years so am looking for some advice on routes.
I am in the fortunate (?) position of being able to get a train to either Charing Cross or St Pancras International. I have worked out 2 routes from Charing Cross and 1 from St Pancras. The first route out of Charing Cross, which is my preferred route, is walking to Embankment and then running all the way along Embankment to Gunter Grove and Warwick Road and along the A4 to the office, this is just over 5 miles. The second route involves running up The Mall, Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner and then along the A4 to the office, a distance of just over 3 3/4 miles.
The route from St Pancras is along Euston Road, passing Regents Park and Baker Street then heading to Lancaster Gate, going through Hyde Park to Kensington High Street then turning left at Olympia and down to the office. This is also about 5 miles. Taking this journey means that I can spend an extra 30 minutes in bed! The train to St Pancras International only takes 22 minutes whereas the Charing Cross train is about 50 minutes.
I'll be arriving in London between 7.15 and 7.30 depending on which train I get, my main concern is the number of people I'll be running with or against at that time of the morning. My own feeling is that running on the river side of the Embankment will be less crowded and easier but would be grateful for any advice from London running commuters.