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Former Olympian warms up London’s rail commuters

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A former Olympian is trying to inspire commuters to swap the Tube for a pair of running shoes this summer.

Iwan Thomas, a former Olympic and Commonwealth Games runner, held a session at London Bridge on Monday as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) Get Ahead of the Games campaign.

Iwan, who who has appeared at some of the capital’s mainline rail stations over the last few days, has led commuters in a series of warm-up exercises to inspire them to cycle, run or walk their daily commute during the Games.

A further million passengers are expected to be added during the Olympics to the 12 million passengers who use London’s railway network every day.

Iwan, the UK’s 400m record holder, said: “My warm-up exercises are designed to motivate commuters to seek alternative forms of transport, such as walking or cycling, to avoid hotspots.

“By planning journeys to avoid peak times and hotspot stations, commuters will ensure that they can still travel around London and enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of living and working in a host city.”


  1. PLEASE, PLEASE don’t again fall into the same trap as much of the rest of our much worse-informed media, and start referring to RAILWAY stations as TRAIN stations, as you have in this article.
    OK, so you may have reproduced a press release verbatim – bad enough in itself – but if you have any pride in your work, there really is no excuse for duplicating others’ shoddiness.Given that you purport to be a more knowledgeable source of information than these mainstream newspapers and broadcasters, it’s unforgivable.


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