Illustration by Peter Liddard


A run-to-work essential, the backpack facilitates the run- commuter’s nomadic ways. Containing the towel, clothes and industrial-strength deodorant necessary for sweat-free acceptance back into society.

Work clothes

With bag overflowing and his suit flapping in the wind, the run- commuter could easily be mistaken for someone in a Superman outfit. Unfortunately, instead of saving the world and going home to Lois Lane, he’s got a day of cold-calling in Stockwell to look forward to.

Poor posture

Unphased by form, the long-distance run-commuter is easily identified by his Quasimodo stance and shuffling gait. As he runs past other less encumbered commuters, he takes pride in the fact he’s saving £3.30 in Oystercard fees.


Despite his love for our fine sport, running to the tune of traffic loses its appeal after the hundredth run- commute. Music helps him get in the zone and arrive at work in record time….as long as pedestrian crossings and other pavement users don’t get in his way.


Not just confined to the plod to the office, the run-commuter goes everywhere within reason by foot: meetings, funerals, you name it. For all that self-supported travel, GPS is essential – partly for navigation, mainly to let everyone on Strava aware of just how many miles he’s clocking.


1. Easy miles – run-commuting is perfect if you’re struggling to hit your weekly target.

2. More money – the less you spend on transport, the more you can spend on kit!

3. Less stress – jam-packed tube, rush-hour traffic or a leisurely run? It’s a no-brainer.