Having drawn what was considered to be the shortest of straws, I know the chances of me winning the race by bus are pretty much non-existent.
Barring punctured tyres, bizarre localised congestion around the car that does not affect buses and a complete breakdown of all trains, I am expecting to trail into the office at least 25 minutes behind the rest.
As we set off from the starting point, the journey planner directs me to a stop around 700ft away. After a brief detour to the stop on the other side of the road, I realise my mistake and am at the correct stop with two minutes to spare for the scheduled 8.16am 50A First Leeds service to Seacroft.
While the others get some distance under their belts, I wait for the delayed bus... and wait. It finally arrives at 8.32am – 16 minutes behind schedule. It means that in 22 minutes, I’ve covered 700ft.
There’s slow traffic on the approach to the Low Lane/Ring Road roundabout but we make swift progress through the Hawksworth Wood Estate.
We’re back to a crawl on Morris Lane though and eventually pass roadworks near the junction with Kirkstall Lane. Forty minutes into the race and I’ve covered three miles – but there’s more slow traffic near St Matthias’ Church and as we approach Park Lane.
After passing a total of 28 stops, we reach Westgate at 9.13am and it’s time for a brisk 12-minute walk.
Amazingly, I’m not last...
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