2nd May 2013
The creators of Home Run would like to present to you London Duathlon 2013
Limelight Sports, the company that brought you Home Run, are now the proud new organisers of London Duathlon! Limelight Sports delivers premium events including the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Sport Relief Mile and the most recent Energizer Night Run, and are excited to add London Duathlon 2013 to their portfolio.
London Duathlon 2013 will race through the stunning surroundings of Richmond Park on Sunday 15 September 2013. Open to all abilities, this run-bike-run event provides you with the perfect opportunity to enter the world of multi-sports. Interested? Read more
So, what’s a Duathlon?
A duathlon consists of three sets of athletic activity, but across two disciplines – running and cycling. The first set consists of running, followed by cycling, and then back to running. The distances of each activity vary depending on the challenge you choose… and there are plenty! Similar to a triathlon, you will go through transition to change between disciplines but don’t let that scare you!
The night was alight with Energizer Night Run
We’d like to congratulate our 200+ Home Runners who took part in Energizer Night Run. The event was a huge success! You can check out all the awesome pictures from the run and popular after-party on the Energizer Nigh Run Facebook page.
1st February 2013
We know you are keen to start running home with us again. We are continuing to look for partners to help us continue Home Run and will be emailing you every month to update you with how we are getting on. In the meantime, we have promised to keep our eyes peeled for cool sporting events and activities around our capital... one such event has just launched, and we’ve even negotiated you a discount!
Taking place after sundown on Saturday 13 April 2013, the Energizer Night Run 5km or 10km run and after-party will provide an unforgettable experience in London’s Battersea Park. Runners receive a free Energizer LED Headlight to light up the night and a free beverage at the after-party once they cross the red carpet finish.
We think it’s a great concept and the Home Run team will definitely be there.
Rally the troops and enter today!
Thanks to everyone who ran with us this year. We are taking a break for Christmas and we hope to be back in the New Year, and maybe with a few changes.
What a great year 2012 has been for Home Run. We have grown to 7,000 members, won at the Event Awards and some of our Home Runners have even appeared on TV and in the newspapers! Over the whole year we delivered a grand total of 645 Home Runs all over London, and we have enjoyed chatting and running with you all.
A big thank you goes out to all our partners, Run Leaders, drivers/cyclists and most of all to you for helping make Home Run what it is.
Have a great Christmas and see you in 2013!
15th November 2012
Technical t-shirts to give away!
You’ve been asking for them, so now’s your chance to get your hands on a limited edition Home Run technical running t-shirt. Simply get a friend to book onto any Home Run next week and bag yourself a free technical t-shirt.
1. Talk to your friends about Home Run
2. Ask them to quote your membership number when they book (you'll find this on your Profile page)
3. Pick up you technical t-shirt on your next run (we’ll know who you are)
Spread the word! Ts&Cs are here
8th November 2012
New routes launching and changes to our schedule
Due to popular demand we are launching TWO new routes next week. They are (drum roll)…
Bank to Lewisham: Mondays at 6:15pm
Liverpool Street to Finsbury Park: Thursdays at 6:15pm
We are also moving the days of two of our routes. Victoria to Putney will now be on Wednesdays and Canary Wharf to Waterloo will be on Tuesday instead of Thursday.
A final point to mention is that this week has been a record breaker, with the most Home Runners ever joining us to run home. Here’s to breaking this record next week!
8th October 2012
Event Awards 2012 Winners
On the evening of Friday 5th October, Samsung Home Run stood against a number of well established organisations, such as NEC Birmingham and Fresh Montomery’s Hotelympia, for the Best Sustainable Initiative Award
. In what came as quite a surprise, Samsung Home Run was crowned the winners!
Samsung Home Run is delighted to be recognised within the industry after just one year, and will continue to support Londoners to run home.
Craig Dews, CEO of Limelight Sports for Home Run said, “The team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this initiative to life and this award stands as a tribute to each and every person who has made Samsung Home Run what it is today. Our aim is to develop this initiative even further in 2013 and would like to thank Event Awards for its support.”
27th September 2012
Refer a friend - you could win a prize!
You could win a Samsung MV800 Camera when you convince a friend to run with us!
Every Home Runner who refers a friend that goes on to run with us will be put into the pot to win. So the more mates you refer, the better chance you have… just make sure it’s before Friday 5th October when the competition closes. Terms and conditons apply. This competition has now closed.
24th September 2012
Get your votes in!
We are launching a brand new route in October. Vote for your favourite from the three available options in our new Facebook page poll! This poll has now finished.
10th September 2012
Samsung Home Run helps raise £2,900
Unique during the Olympic period, Samsung launched The Samsung Hope Relay campaign as a meaningful initiative to help leave a lasting legacy beyond the Games.
The Samsung Hope Relay application was free to download on most smartphone platforms, and for every mile ran, Samsung donated £1 to Samsung Hope Relay designated children’s charities.
Our team, consisting of over 70 members, racked up the mileage and helped raise over £2,900! A special thank you to our loyal cyclist, Alice, who raised just under £500 of this, and a Samsung Home Run regular, Jes, who raised over £250! Both of you, along with many others, helped the Samsung Home Run team finish 14th in the overall team rankings!
4th September 2012
Wish us luck!
We are very happy to announce that we have been shortlisted for Best Sustainable Initiative in the 2012 Event Awards! The winner will be announced in October, but in the meantime we will be keeping all fingers and toes crossed.
Martin Howard, Sponsorship Account Director at Samsung comments, “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this year’s Events Award - Best Sustainable Initiative. Samsung Home Run has grown from strength to strength, attracting over 6,000 commuters to sign up and to consider an alternative commute. We are not only providing a sustainable journey home but also through the Samsung Hope Relay app, we are giving £1 to charity for every mile completed. This presents a fantastic opportunity to encourage Londoners to “do some good”.
30th August 2012
Paralympics tickets up for grabs!
To celebrate the start of the Paralympics, we have 2 pairs of Paralympics athletics tickets to give away courtesy of our friends at Samsung.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply join us for a Samsung Home Run on Monday 3rd September, using your mobile phone to book on! Our website has gone mobile so there’s no need to use your computer to book on to our runs.
Everyone who enters via our mobile website by 4pm on Monday will be in the draw!
The lucky winner will be given their tickets when they arrive at the start of the run on Monday evening.
Best of luck!
Terms and conditions apply. Please note that the tickets in the picture are a representation only. This competition has now closed.
14th August 2012
More opportunities to win great Samsung prizes
This The Olympics has left London, so it’s back to normal working life (yawn). For our Home Runners this means we are back to our standard routes. You can click here to view the routes we are running.
If the lack of the Olympics has got you twiddling your thumbs already and you’re wondering what to do, we have the perfect solution. We have launched a competition; the best photo of a Samsung Home Run posted on our Facebook wall before Friday, 24th August will win a Samsung MV800 camera. Get snapping!
If that wasn’t enough, we are also giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. How do you win? Easy, we just need some help - we are trying to think of what the correct term for a ‘running commuter’ should be. Tweet your ideas using the hashtag #runhome before the 24th August and our favourite tweet will win the Samsung tab.
For terms and conditions apply. This competition has now closed.
31st July 2012
Win amazing Samsung products!
We have a Samsung MV800 camera to give away!
To be in with a chance of winning simply become a member of the Home Run team on the Samsung Hope Relay app.
The Samsung Hope Relay application is free to download to most smartphones, and for every mile run Samsung will be donating £1 to the Hope Relay’s designated charity partners.
To join our team, download the app for free and search for the ‘Home Run’ team. All the miles you record from running, walking or cycling will then be added to the Home Run team.
On Monday 13th August at 9:00am the winner will be drawn at random from all those who are a member of the Home Run team on the Samsung Hope Relay app.
Full terms and conditions apply. This competition has now closed.
19th July 2012
WIN - Tickets to the Olympic Games
We have 5 pairs of tickets to Olympics events to give away this week courtesy of Samsung.
One pair of tickets will be given away each day. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is book onto the run before 4pm.
All Samsung Home Run members booked onto any of our runs that day will be entered into a prize draw. The winner will be drawn and random and the lucky winner will be given their tickets when they arrive at the start of the Samsung Home Run!
Make sure you run with us next week to be in with a chance to win.
Terms and conditions apply. Please note, the tickets we have to give away are really good but not necessarily the ones in the picture. This competition has now closed.
10th July 2012
Let us introduce the Samsung Home Run
Samsung Electronics, the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment category, have become our title partner.
To launch the partnership, Emily Pidgeon, Team Samsung and GB 5000m athlete, attended our Canary Wharf to Waterloo and London Bridge run last night. Despite the weather, the group enjoyed meeting Emily and getting freebies from Samsung.
Samsung has created the Samsung Hope Relay app to provide people around the world with the opportunity to take part virtually in the Olympic Torch Relay. Last night, our runners were the first to use the Samsung Hope Relay app to record their Home Run as part of the Home Run team. Samsung will donate £1 to Children’s Charities for every mile you run – so everyone who used it last night will have raised £5.
Get Ahead of the Games
With just twenty five days until the start of the London 2012 Games, former Olympian Iwan Thomas has teamed up with Transport for London (TfL) and London 2012’s Get Ahead of the Games campaign, to encourage Londoners to plan ahead and change their travel to avoid being delayed by transport hotspots during the Games.
Iwan Thomas commented: “During the Olympic period, transports links across London will see a large increase in traffic. Do your bit to help alleviate transport congestion and fitter in the process by pulling on your trainers and taking part in one of the 15 routes available through Home Run.
Home Run offers guided runs across the city, which cater for every pace and there’s no excuse when it comes to bags either as each route has dedicated rickshaws on hand to carry valuables all the way home. Why not use this Olympic period to maximise your potential and be part of what will be a London Games legacy by joining thousands of runners commuting with Home Run each week.”
21st May 2012
Happy Birthday... to us!
This week celebrates Home Run's 1st birthday! In a year we have launched 10 routes and signed up more than 5,000 members. We look forward to running you home for years to come!
2nd May 2012
Home Run partners Cancer Research UK
We are delighted to announce that Cancer Research UK is our Official Charity Partner and proud supporter of Home Run.
“Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, is delighted to be a Home Run official partner for 2012.
The partnership between Home Run and Cancer Research UK is a unique and exciting opportunity to get London running, fuelling a passion for keeping active whilst finding a healthy solution to your daily commute. Together we will run home, together we will beat cancer.”
Helen Jackson from Cancer Research UK said: “We know that being physically active can help reduce the risk of cancer and so we are delighted that Home Run has chosen Cancer Research UK as its official charity partner.
“We encourage everyone to exercise regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle and Home Run provides an innovative opportunity to get busy Londoners running, offering a healthy solution to the daily commute”
Diccon Loy, Home Run founder, said: “Cancer Research UK has a proud heritage in running and we are delighted to announce them as Home Run’s official charity partner. Together, we hope to get more of London’s commuters running home.”
Home Run’s free guided group runs are proving a success across London with over 4,000 people already registered.
22nd March 2012
Yahoo! News Website of the Day: Home Run London
Home Run has received the Yahoo! News 'WEBSITE OF THE DAY' status!
"A fairly niche audience for this one, admittedly, but we still think it's a brilliant idea – especially as most Londoners are starting to wonder how the hell they're going to get around once the Olympics start in a couple of months. Our nation's capital is hardly famous for its efficient public transport at the best of times."
Check it out here.
19th March 2012
The word is spreading...
The word really is spreading about Home Run. In our launch week we were inundated with positive messages from the media, the running world and Londoners.
On Monday, BBC London News ran two features on Home Run at 1,30pm and 6.30pm, both approximately 2 minutes long, and on Tuesday an article appeared in the Metro.
Home Run also featured as the Editor’s Choice on RunnersWorld.co.uk. Among others, Home Run was also the talking point in:
- Time Out
- All In London
- BBC London Radio
- TNT Magazine
- The Wharf
- Women’s Fitness
As a result, over 3,000 Londoners have registered their route vote, making Home Run the increasingly popular alternative to the post-work commute!
Did you spot us?
In the week before and during our official launch week, Home Run was shouting loudly all across the capital. We’ve been handing out our Handy Travel Guides for Tourists and been issuing Tube travellers with a Red Card to give to any annoying commuters! Check out our social media pages to see these quirky hand-outs.
You may well have seen us if you travel in to or from Blackfriars, High Street Kensington, London Bridge, Stratford, Tower Hill, Waterloo and West Ham! If you did, we hope you said hello!
12th March 2012
We'd like to introduce you to one of our new Official Partners... Run England
Run England is the official England Athletics recreational running project which aims to get the whole nation running.
Regardless of your age, fitness level, aspiration, background, or location you can be a part of Run England and benefit from being a part of England's running community. We are here to help and encourage more people to run, and to run more often.
So whatever you want to get from your running Run England is here to encourage and support you. (And to make sure we all have some fun with our running)!
The role of Run England includes:
enabling people to join our registered groups - see www.runengland.org/groups
enabling people to join Run England, a completely free membership, and gain the benefits of being part of the Run England community i.e. sports retailer discounts, special offers, event entry discounts - see www.runengland.org/join
supporting affiliated running clubs and other partners in the provision of running groups for an increasing range of people - for more on affiliated clubs, see www.englandathletics.org/clubs
training more and more people to qualify as running group leaders through the Leadership in Running Fitness qualification - see www.runengland.org/lirf
This enables you to do your running, your way, where you are - while benefitting from the support and encouragement of the wider running community.
28th February 2012
Canary Wharf Home Run - up and running!
Home Run starts from Canary Wharf following huge demand!
Home Run is heading to East London to satisfy the great demand for guided, post-work runs home from Canary Wharf.
Over a thousand people have registered their vote from Canary Wharf alone. As a result, they are being rewarded with four new routes to London Bridge, Waterloo, West Ham and Stratford.
You can book on to London Bridge and Waterloo runs from 6 March, and West Ham and Stratford from 9 March.
Location of the next Home Run route?
Help us assess where and when you’d like to “Get fit and get home” with Home Run. Complete our short Home Run survey now by clicking here. All those that complete the survey before 5 March will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an Annual Membership with Zipcar worth £59.50!
Zipcar is the world’s largest car sharing service, with over 9,000 cars & vans around the globe. As a member you can reserve their vehicles by the hour or day starting at just £5/hr. Plus, fuel, insurance and 40 miles are included!
We are pleased to announce that Run Britain and Run England are official partners of Home Run London. More details will follow about how this partnership will benefit Home Run members.
If we’re not running your way yet, be sure to get your friends, colleagues and family to register their vote – the higher the demand for a particular route, the greater the likelihood we’ll be running your way!
Get fit, get home.
Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
6th January 2012
Ho Ho Home Run!
At the end of last year we celebrated Christmas in the Home Run fashion with the Ho Ho Home Run! Our large group could be easily spotted, wearing flashing Santa hats, as we ran from Bank to Waterloo to Clapham Junction.
The festive cheer continued post run as we provided drinks and nibbles at Vodka Revolution at Clapham Junction. We also crowned our Home Runners of the year Stephanie George and Sidney Cole who were our most dedicated runners in 2011 on the Tuesday and Wednesday routes respectively.
A massive thank you goes out to everyone who attended for making the Ho Ho Home Run such a successful and enjoyable evening. Please check out our Facebook page to view pictures of the evening.
We’ve got exciting plans for 2012 and look forward to running with you throughout the year!
30th November 2011
Home Run comes to Canary Wharf!
Tuesday 22nd of November saw the Home Run team making their first stop off at Canary Wharf, as part of the launch of an exciting new route that will be challenging yet more workers to get fit as they get home. Dressed in our distinctive orange Home Run T-shirts, stylish running gear and accompanied by the Home Run BagBikes, our friendly faces could easily be spotted at our location in Cabot Place providing both information and free giveaways. Additionally, we were offering the opportunity for workers to vote for their route so that the front running route can be launched from Canary Wharf in the upcoming weeks.
We were delighted with the phenomenal response and interest that we received and will be announcing the new route soon. We are in the final stages of planning to create the most enjoyable route we can, but look forward to having more commuters leaving the Tube behind and joining us for a sociable and healthy journey home instead.
A massive thank you to everyone that we met on the day and we can’t wait to see you on the first Canary Wharf Home Run soon!
Keep your eyes on the website, Facebook and Twitter for more information, and get your trainers at the ready!
6th October 2011
3 new routes, 25 new runners, 1 enjoyable commute!
Tuesday 4th October saw a fantastic turn out for our first ever Home Runs leaving from Bank and Waterloo. A total of 25 runners took to the streets of London in their orange t-shirts and weaved their way along the South Bank, streamed alongside the Thames, and meandered through Battersea Park.
After enjoying the freedom of running without a bag, runners were reunited with their belongings at Clapham Junction after a 50-90 minute workout, content with a much more enjoyable commute than usual. The group picked up their free Home Run backpacks, and left with promises to come along next week.
It was great to see so many new faces, and hear the variety of reasons for joining us. Whatever your motivation, you can get involved. Book in today to secure your space.
A big thank you to all those who joined us last night – we hope to see you all next week.
13th September 2011
A Quick 10 Questions… the results!
Thank you to all those who completed our “Quick 10 Questions” survey. We‘ve had a fantastic response and the lucky winner of the running kit will be announced at the end of this week.
We‘ve had some fascinating results, which will shape the future of Home Run. The thing you loved most about Home Run was the bag carrying service. Running with a bag can be uncomfortable and extremely inconvenient, so we are delighted that this is your #1.
Everyone has their own motivations for running. You’ve said that you run to get fit, to challenge yourself and to lose weight. Home Run enables you to run at your own pace, so you get out of it what you want.
Unsurprisingly, not many of you fancied running home on a Friday, with Wednesday the most popular day. Our assumption is that exercising on a Wednesday helps to give you a mid-week lift and time to de-stress. The most popular time to depart was 6pm. Leaving London on a Home Run at 6pm means you’re likely to be home by 7pm. You can have dinner and relax knowing your exercise for that evening is done, and you’ve avoided a stranger’s armpit on the tube for another day!
The survey also showed us that you are really keen to run home with us, but the reason you haven’t done so far, is that we are not running your way yet. This is a brand new initiative and we are working hard to develop it and start Home Runs all over London. Watch this space as we are planning on launching our second route very shortly.
16th August 2011
We are pleased to announce that our wonderful partner Streetcar have offered a great deal for all Home Runners. By entering the code HOMERUN30 you can get £30 driving credit when you register with them. Visit Streetcar and use the self service pay-as-you-go car club to explore the capital and the UK.
20th June 2011
Home Run Launches
Home Runs have been leaving from Charing Cross and ending at Clapham Common, a 4 mile run. Participants have been dropping their bags with the cyclist and running home in about 40-50 minutes, chatting to new friends along the way. At the end runners collect their bag and make the remainder of their journey home.
Home Run means Londoners can leave the tube behind and save one of the most valuable commodities...time!
Sidney has been running with us since Home Run launched and has been really enjoying his new commute and commented that Home Run is "A great way of keeping fit, rediscovering London, meeting people and getting home. It's a no-brainer, try it!".
Home Run is encouraging everyone to sign up, the runs are targeted at novice/intermediate runners so anyone can take part. Let all of your friends and colleagues know so we can start running your way.