Run To Work Day – Thursday 5th June 2014

27 May

#run2workday is a not-for-profit campaign recently launched by Olympians Hannah England and Perri Shakes-Drayton and Boris Johnson, which is the start of a movement to help get 1 million more people active and running at least once a week by 2020.  

The organisation has launched a series of #run2workdays (www.run2work.com/run2work-day) on the first Thursday of each month this summer, starting on Thursday 5 June 2014, inviting people across the UK to run to or from work, whether they run part or all the way, and however far they run.  If you haven’t seen the coverage, here are a few of the articles:

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/running/run-to-work-for-charity-star-athlete-hannah-and-mayor-urge-londoners-9267562.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/athletes-back-run-to-work-scheme-urging-londoners-to-swap-oyster-cards-for-trainers-9274379.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/running/sick-of-getting-the-bus-to-work-then-its-time-you-did-a-runner-9360848.html

With physical activity the lowest it has ever been in the UK’s history and adult obesity at record levels and continuing to rise, there is no better time for clubs to inform, inspire and engage members and communities in being more active within their busy daily routines. 

Barclays, GE, Capita, Virgin and Vodafone are a few of the major employers encouraging employees to join in #run2workday (www.run2work.com/run2work-day) to experience how much better they’ll feel through running to work, and how quick and easy it can be.  England Athletics and Sport England are supporting the campaign to encourage clubs and members to join in. 

It would be great to have club members taking part.  Everyone who joins #run2workday receives tips and advice, as well as a complimentary Virgin Active guest pass, Amazon Audile download, copy of Outdoor Fitness, and shortly a discount on running shoes. There is a 1-pager on #run2workday which on the club web-site at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/items-of-interest/ .

A petition has been launched for the Government to introduce legislation to make the cost of running to work tax-free, just like cycling to work.  Please support the petition here:  http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uk-government-department-of-transport-make-running-to-work-tax-free-like-cycling-to-work