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Elm Park duo’s attempt to beat world record stopped by closure of station

Jack Stallibrass and Rifat Ershad at Elm Park station Jack Stallibrass and Rifat Ershad at Elm Park station

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
9:37 AM

A duo jumped on the underground, whizzing around all of the London underground stations, in attempt to beat a Guinness World Record.

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An ambitious duo were stopped in their tracks during a Guinness World Record attempt to visit all of the London Underground stations.

Jack Stallibrass, 19, of Calbourne Avenue and Rifat Ershad, 19, of Benhurst Avenue, from Elm Park, have made it their mission to conquer a Guinness world record, by visiting all of the 270 stations in less than 16 hours and 20 minutes.

Before the day, Rifat said: “It’s going to be difficult for us to complete but we have prepared and worked out our route so hopefully we can do it,”

The guys woke up before the crack of dawn on Monday morning, at 4.30am and started their journey at Upminster station and are aiming to finish their day at Heathrow airport, at around 9.30pm tonight so they can knock the previous record holders, Geoff Marshall and his friend Anthony who did the same record last year, off the top spot.

But there is more to the record attempt than just ultimate gloating rights - no, they were both also hopping frantically from one train to the next, as Jack wanted to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, in memory of his granddad who passed away from cancer around 10 years ago, and took care of him in his remaining days.

Jack said: “The charity is important to me as it is a really good cause and I just want to do all that I can to help.”

But Rifat, who is currently taking a gap year before he goes to university, will hopefully be making an even longer journey soon, as he wants to raise money for his trip to India, so he can work with Raleigh International, a sustainable development charity, which provides food, shelter and education to those in need.

However, Jack and Rifat had to put those thoughts of helping others out of their heads and focus on travelling through 270 underground stations in less than 16 hours and 20 minutes.

But plans to become world record holders have been delayed as the duo could not complete their ultimate journey, as Marylebone station was temporarily closed all afternoon, thanks to a cable fire.

Jack said: “It was a relief to finish as it was exhausting but we were disappointed at the same time.

“It was a fairly decent effort but I think we need to adjust our route slightly if we’re going to do it next summer.”

Rifat added: “It is a shame we didn’t complete it but thanks to everyone who gave us their support. Damn Marylebone!”

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