I promised Geoff and Neil that I would blog a challenge that will start today at around 12.20 at Vauxhall station. A group of guys (for some reason I seemed to be included on the initial list too, which caused all sorts of confusion to me and made me think I had early onset of Alzheimer's) are going to see how fast they can travel round every tube station in Zone 1. Geoff and Neil are pretty used to doing this as they regularly do all 270 odd stations on the whole system, so my money would be on them.
However they may be challenged by the newcomers - including Tom Reynolds from Random Reality. The current record for Zone 1 is 3 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds to cover all 63 stations, and the "unofficial" record holder for that, Peter Smyth, is going along today.
Tom promises to blog updates of his progress using his mobile but as he says it's dependent on when he "comes up for air". I offered to post updates of Geoff and Neil's progress but they're keeping their cards close to their chest and don't want to give out too many secrets.
Anyway, the whole thing may well be on the BBC tonight as a cameraman will be following them all round for at least some of the day. Ewan (the organiser of today's event) has decided to wear a kilt for the occasion. Hope he remembers he has a "skirt" on and doesn't do the usual blokey thing of sitting with his legs apart on the tube.
Good luck to all of them, shame they couldn't have picked a cooler day to do it.
Update - I've just had a text message from Geoff to say that the winning time was 2 hours 55 minutes and 50 seconds. Geoff I think came 4th at 3 hours 4 minutes. Celebrations are currently taking place downstairs in the Horse & Groom if anyone wants to join in.