Millions of commuters 'walk a marathon every fortnight getting to work'

Francesca Gillett
Fit and healthy: City workers walking along London Bridge: PA Archive/PA Images

Millions of commuters walk the equivalent of a marathon every fortnight just getting to and from work, new research has found.

Ahead of the London Marathon next weekend, a study has found more than three million workers are already clocking up a marathon distance every two weeks through their daily commute.

One in nine workers – around 3.5 million people in the UK – spend more than 40 minutes a day walking during their journey to work and walk around 2.6 miles per day.

It includes the distance between Tube or train platforms, climbing escalators and getting to stations, bus stops or the office.

The study also found UK commuters walk for an average of 28 minutes per day.

One in nine workers clock up 2.6 miles a day walking. (PA Archive/PA Images)

The ICM poll was commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support to encourage people to get more active for OutRun May - a challenge to run more throughout the month to raise money for the charity.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s national events manager Lisa Shorter said: “Many people dream of being able to do a marathon and this shows commuters are actually much more active than they may realise.

“We’re encouraging commuters to build on their, perhaps unexpected, daily exercise with OutRun May by setting themselves a goal of miles to run across the 31 days and achieving it one run at a time.

“If workers can do a marathon every fortnight without even realising it, we can’t wait to see what they can do when they set themselves a goal.”