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Wild Swimming along the Great Northern Line

by Lunges & Lycra | Published on 14 June 2019

Escape the chlorine, pack a bag of snacks and take a dip on the wild side with these open-water swim spots along the Great Northern line.

When I was a child, whenever we got one of those really hot summer days – you know, those days where you can smell the tarmac melting and your 99 drips all over your fingers - instead of joining all the other families taking their windbreaks and buckets and spades to the coast, we’d jump in the car and head to my grandparent’s house in a small mining town near Durham.


How to transform your commute into a fitness opportunity

by Lunges & Lycra | Published on 10 May 2019

Around 50,000 people commute into London via Kings Cross St Pancras on Govia Thameslink Railway’s Great Northern and Thameslink trains on a typical weekday – including Emma. If you’re one of them, you’ll have noticed the area surrounding King’s Cross station has undergone a bit of a transformation in recent years. It seems designer shops, great restaurants and new bars are springing up daily and it’s become a hub for some of the best boutique gyms and free fitness experiences in the city.


Trail Running along the Norfolk Coast Path

by Lunges & Lycra | Published on 12 April 2019

Pull on your trainers, hop on the train and head to King’s Lynn to explore the salt marshes and sand dunes of the North Norfolk coastline with Lunges & Lycra.

From Couch to 5k, to marathons or weekly parkruns, running is one of the most popular sports in the UK. Around seven million Brits run at least twice a month according to Sport England and a record breaking 414,618 people applied for a place in this year’s London Marathon.

It seems we’re a nation who love lacing up. And Emma and I are no different. Running is one of our favourite ways to get active. Between us we’ve run marathons and half marathons across the world, we’ve tackled a 53-mile ultra marathon (never again!), we even met at a running club.


Hiking the Fen Rivers Way

by Lunges & Lycra | Published on 15 March 2019

It’s funny, isn’t it, how your idea of a good weekend changes over time? Not so long ago if you’d asked us to describe our ultimate girls trip, tequila shots, dancing and novelty wigs would have featured pretty heavily.

Fast-forward to 2019, however, and we’re all about the mud, countryside and a big old dose of healthy activity. Living in the city in a life constantly interrupted by emails, social media, deadlines, and general busyness, we crave space to walk, to think, to chat and to just be. Which is why, when Great Northern asked us to highlight some of the ways you could enjoy being active along the line, we immediately started searching for new, remote places to escape and explore.


On Track for a Two Wheeled Adventure

By Lunges & Lycra | Published on 15 February 2019

Bike rides are one of our favourite ways to explore the English countryside and by combining bikes and the train, we’ve been able to explore even further afield. This month we’re sharing some of our favourite routes to inspire you to bring your wheels on board too.

The wind in your hair, the mud on your legs and the big downhills that make you go ‘Wheeeee!’ There’s no denying there’s something special about the unadulterated feeling of joy you get when riding a bike.

We like to get out of the city and explore on two wheels whenever we get the chance and with Great Northern trains now connecting some of England’s best cycle routes, it’s easier than ever to enjoy the countryside on two wheels.


Using Great Northern to go on the world’s largest treasure hunt

By Lunges & Lycra | Published on 11 January 2019

There’s something magical about the winter months, when holly bushes are bright with berries and the ground is covered in a layer of twinkling frost. Yeah, yeah, we know, this is the UK, it’s grey and drizzly a lot of the time too but get a crisp winter day where the sun is shining and the sky is clear and you just can’t beat it.

Which is why you shouldn’t let those perfect days go to waste. There’s nothing like a stroll in the fresh air to make you feel alive, particularly if you’ve been cooped up with stuffy central heating for hours. Don’t limit yourself to walking round the local park either, there are so many green spaces and beautiful countryside locations to discover on the Great Northern line. Many of them are within a couple of stops of main stations too, making them super-easy to get to.