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Video: Man races the Circle line and wins!

Posted at 2:30 pm, September 16, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
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We’ve all heard of ‘Man vs Food’, now it’s time for ‘Man vs Tube’.

When faced with crowded, frequently delayed tube journeys, the question ‘wouldn’t it just be quicker to walk?’ has often crossed our minds. We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in the tunnels just before your stop, watching the minutes tick by, cursing that damned ‘signal failure’ and wishing you’d just got off at the last stop and walked the rest of the way. But delays aside, is it really quicker to travel on foot? James Heptonstall, an environmental consultant from Hampstead, has the answer.

James, an open touch rugby player, raced the Circle line from Mansion House to Cannon Street station. That’s 380m of sprinting full pelt, 75 steps and two ticket barriers to contend with.

Meanwhile his mate Noel Carroll stayed on the tube filming the doors ready for the anticipated return of his mate James.

It took him a lightening-fast 80 seconds, but did he beat the train? He sure as hell did, take a look and see for yourself.

This isn’t the first time we humans have challenged the almighty tube. Earlier this month Grant Mills, who lives two stops away from the furthest east station on the District line raced his tube all the way from Hainault to Hornchurch to raise money for Brain Tumour Charity. Grant completed this epic race for his dad, John Mills, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and given 6-12 months to live.

You can still donate to this worthy cause and find out more about Grant’s race here.

Watch more great videos of two guys illegally base jumping off the forty-eighth floor of the Pan Peninsula building in Canary Wharf, the great white shark spotted in Finsbury Park, or the club night held on a Northern line train.

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