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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Tube Challenge Broken by Mancunians

Marc Gawley and Martin East have officially been named by Guinness World Records as being the fastest people to travel to all 270 London Underground stations in the shortest time.
Londonist report that "the pair clocked in at 16 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds – 15 minutes faster than previous holders Andi James, Steve Wilson and Martin Hazel in 2009 – on 21st April 2011".

I love their "Press Conference" video where Marc explains the months of planning, "lots of Microsoft Excel and playing around with maps". In the video he tries to make the challenge look as "sexy" as possible, which is some mean feat. He said: "Ironically in order to make the journey fast, I had to avoid using Tube trains and a lot of commuters would agree with that strategy."

The end is a classic. When asked why he did this, with true Mancunian wit, Marc said "It was either this or try to get 40 mates into a a mini. You've seen the video and I'd probably struggle to find 40 mates to be honest".

You can find out more about Marc & Martin's challenge at TheTubeChallenge.com.

At least one Londonder, former Tube Challenge record holder, Geoff Marshall, has jumped in to try to beat their time.

There's also a new Twitter account set up for TubeChallengers - follow @to_the_trains to find out more.

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