The Tube Challenge is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all the stations on the London Underground network in the fastest time possible. Participants do not have to travel along all lines to complete the challenge, merely to pass through all the stations on the system. Participants may connect between stations on foot, or by using other forms of public transport.
The first recorded challenge took place in 1959. Although many people have attempted the challenge and held the record since, they have not always been credited in the record books. In the earlier days of the challenge, participants were permitted to use private forms of transport (such as a car or bike) to move between stations. This led to times of less than 16 hours in some earlier records, and Guinness later changed the rules to ban private transport.
The current record was set in August 2013 by previous record holder Geoff Marshall who along with Anthony Smith, completed the challenge in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds
I will add my own name to the list of challengers on the Wed 16th April 2014 starting at Chesham on the Metropolitan Line and finishing some 16 hours or so later at Upminster on the District Line.
As part of the 2018 Festival I am supporting the RMTGB a children’s charity, which donates to children’s hospitals and hospices as well as offering help where “death, desertion, illness, disability or financial need” are affecting children’s lives. It endeavours to keep less fortunate or orphaned children equipped and in full time education. In short it tries to offer help to any child in circumstances of poverty or distress, so please dig deep and support this endeavour.
A web page has been created in ‘Just giving’ which can be accessed via the link below. Alternatively you can text RMTG53 ‘AMOUNT’ to 70070 where AMOUNT can be £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 please remember to add gift aid when prompted.
“No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child”