Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Fastest time to travel to all London Underground stations: Geoff Marshall and Anthony Smith broke Guinness world record
LONDON, UK -- The Guinness World Records' record for visiting all 270 London Underground stations in the quickest-possible time has been broken by eight minutes; Geoff Marshall, 41, from Ealing, west London, and Anthony Smith, 28, completed the record in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds, setting the new world record for the fastest time to travel to all London Underground network stations,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: At the end, Heathrow Terminal 5. Geof Marshall, 41, and Anthony Smith, 28, completed the feat – known as the 'Tube Challenge' – in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds, beating the previous record by eight minutes. They were helped by a team of friends who warned them of possible obstacles ahead. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the fastest time to travel the entire New York City Subway is 22 hr 52 min 36 sec and was achieved by Chris Solarz and Matthew Ferrisi (both USA) between 22 and 23 January 2010.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the farthest distance travelled on a 50 cc scooter in 24 hours; it is 928 km (576.6 miles) by Mark 'Brownie' Brown (Australia) on a 2stroke Yamaha Aerox at the Grand Prix Training Centre, South Morang, Victoria, Australia.
It is the second time Mr Marshall has held the record, after a total of 25 attempts.
The freelance video producer said it took "more skill than people think". "You have to get off one line and run to the other," Mr Marshall said.
"We run from Cockfosters to High Barnet so it's a combo of athleticism and the ability to decode a Tube timetable.
"People tar you with a trainspotter brush, but I've never written down a train number in my life."
The pair, who will not reveal their exact record-breaking route, said the secret to their success involved starting from the outside of the Tube map and travelling into central London.
"It's like the wheels of a bicycle spoke - you start on the outside and then go back into London, everything comes into the middle," Mr Marshall said.
They were helped by a team of friends who warned them of possible obstacles ahead.
The pair had beaten the previous Guinness World Records' record of 16 hours, 29 minutes and 13 seconds, held by Andy James and Steve Wilson from May 2011.
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