Athletes, Olympic and otherwise, often get a bus tour of their town or city when they arrive back home from sporting success.
I didn’t think Transport for London would spring for one for Freyathlon so I made a Twitter appeal for bus tour ideas and Paul, @bitoclass, came up with the goods. He plotted a route, told me which stops to get on and off at (and the walking route between them), and sent me a map with an outline of the route.
Armed with Paul’s instructions, a bottle of water, and my Oyster card, I set out on 30 August for the Freyathlon bus tour of SE London.
Paul had plotted a circular route so I could start/finish at any point. I choose to start near where I live. Over the course of the next few hours I took photos of most of the bus stops (I had to run for the 336 so there was no time for photos), passed close to quite a few Freyathlon event locations, and gazed at SE London.
I travelled close to these Freyathlon event locations:
- Trampoline gymnastics
- Equestrian eventing
- Equestrian jumping
- Water polo
- Modern pentathlon
- Rhythmic gymnastics
- Athletics – jumping
- Athletics – throwing
- Athletics – team relay
- Athletics – heptathlon
- Freestyle wrestling
- Marathon swimming
- Canoe slalom
- Canoe sprint
The trip took 5.21.14 and I travelled 60.26km on 11 buses (124, T314, 336, 54, 289, 75, 89, B14, 132, 321, 202). I had to wait less than five minutes for most buses – apart from the 202.
If you take a look at the Freyathlon Instagram feed, you’ll see photos of every bus stop. And here’s the route I took – can you see what Paul did?
Thank you Paul – I’m in awe of your public transport knowledge, and your ability to plot such an excellent and appropriate route.
Freyathlon bus tour. 30 August 2016
Cost: £4.50 on my Oyster card