Richie's Tube Challenge
Richie's Challenge Blog
An odd couple of days Tube Fans. Getting a call Thursday afternoon telling me that I had to undertake a medical as part of a risk assessment is not something I was expecting. Then being told that I had to actually pass the medical for my bosses to let me do the Tube Challenge was a stunner! This all happened as I was driving home from Amersham. I'd picked the car up from there having undergone a dry run of the first four hours of the challenge during Thursday's breakfast show.
The medical was Friday morning and it would be best to say that it was certainly thorough. I'm not in peak fitness so that was no surprise! But am I OK to sit on the tube for 16 hours? That's the answer that I'm still waiting for!
The first nerves have arrived - but they're coupled with excitement! Tomorrow morning I'll be setting off on a practice run, one week ahead of the Guinness World Record Attempt itself.
So Amersham it'll be at 0603 as I familiarise myself with the first few hours of my route. Chesham, Watford, Acton, Earls Court - if you pass any of these on your commute to work you'll see me tomorrow morning.
If all goes well, I'll post up plans for next Thursday so you can all start to work out where you'll be meeting me with hot pizza to keep going to glory. If it doesn't, you may hear the sound of a grown man sobbing...
So we have a new date - Thursday 17th November. And it's a good job too. In a frank entry friends, I have to tell you that tonight I don't feel ready.
My girlfriend Lianne has just tried to help me by setting an on the spot challenge asking three random questions about locations of tube stations. I failed all three. Making matters worse, she recorded it to send to Christian.
Secondly my latest attempt at a schedule for the day appears to be falling flat too. Yet another tube map discarded on the floor of failure.
Tomorrow is a new day. I just hope it is a better day.
Team Chaos is coming together. It started with a Radar key and now the offers of help are flooding in. Well, dripping more like.
What I need now is physical support. I've worked out my timetable for the first few hours of the challenge next Thursday and if your normal commute will take you near me, join me on the tube and be part of the record! I'll be leaving the following stations at the following times during the breakfast show...
0719 Moor Park
0802 Harrow on the Hill
0844 Rayners Lane
0914 Acton Town
So it's no secret any more. Thursday 3rd November will see me attempt to set a new world record for the London Tube Challenge. I just hope that my first tube journey since I went public today is not a reflection of what lies ahead on the big day.
Half term meant Piccadilly Circus station was somewhat busier than normal as I got on the tube to head home. So busy that my infamous short fuse meant I nearly quit for a bus back to Hounslow.
This is not a winning attitude! One that Roy Castle would not be proud of! I need to salute the likes of Trish Dainton who contacted the show this morning saying she will lend me her Radar key to have access to toilets on the stations.
Trish - it is people like you that could see my name in the big book next Christmas! And you'll also save me from a couple of nasty episodes with used squash bottles...
The challenge gets underway...