The “old” 400 runs that used to be in the blue book issued by the PCO were replaced with a shorter list of runs so now the blue book contains just 320 runs. This is a bit misleading because people think it must be that bit easier now as there less runs to learn. Well the simple fact is you still need to learn the 6 mile radius so whether the blue book has 400, runs, 320 runs or 100 runs you will still have to cover the whole of London.
The blue book runs are just a guide for you to learn and the blue book the public carriage office give you will just list the runs from point to point, they do not give you the actual run. The actual runs are the route you would take to get from point A to point B. A lot of people talk about having an up to date set of runs but the thing is that things are changing all the time so the only way to have up to date runs is to get out then and actually do them. One of the problems when buying the complete blue book runs is that a lot of people supply them on paper in book form. This can get a bit messy and pricey because when you want to go out and do a run you will tear the run out to put on your knowledge board, as you do the run you make a not of any points that have changed as well as road changes. Now you have a piece of paper with scribble all over it, not so good when you want to go and do that run again. This is where have them digitally is a great idea, simply print out the run or runs you want to do and then scribble away to make the changes. When you get home simply call up the run or runs on your computer and neatly make the changes, save the file and next time you go out you have a nice new neat blue book runs.
Just remember that just because the new blue book only has 320 runs does not meant it is easier or that there are any short cuts, the only way you will achieve your goal of completing the knowledge is to get on your bike and go out and do the runs. Also remember that the only way you will fail is if you give up.