Underground challenge collapses in the heat

Attempt at London Underground challenge to raise money for charity
Attempt at London Underground challenge to raise money for charity

Two friends were unsuccessful at their attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the London Underground Challenge, but they managed to raise £350 for two charities.

Matt Dyer, 20, of Gemini Close, and Sam Cropper, of Danes Way, attempted to beat the fastest time to visit all 270 London tube stations, the record currently stands at 16 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds.

The pair raised £140 for Cancer Research UK and £210 for Mind, the mental health charity.

The challenge was Matt’s sixth attempt at beating the World Record.

Due to technical issues they had to change their challenge and just attempt the zone 1 underground stations.

Matt said: “We had major issues early in the morning where trains did not turn up and when they did they just sat there for ten minutes without moving.

“We pretty much called the full challenge off at 7.30am, the calamities meant we were around 45 minutes behind with no real chance of catching up to the record time.

“We decided we would try a similar attempt, just the 62 zone 1 underground stations.

“The heat was unbearable, between 38 and 42 degrees my temperature monitoring device peaked at!

“We want to say a special thanks to friends and colleagues at Polar Speed Distribution and our friend Glenn Chamberlain.”