Tube fan Marc Gawley has set a new world record – by visiting all 270 London Underground stations in the fastest-ever time.
Marc, 33, a management consultant from Denton, covered the famous London tracks in 16 hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds.
The time has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the quickest ever, shaving 15 minutes off the previous record set in 2009.
The cult feat is known as the Tube Challenge and the first attempt took place in 1959.
Maths whiz Marc used his detailed knowledge of Tube timetables to travel more than 200 miles in record time.
He estimates that he ran the equivalent of a marathon to complete the challenge, which has strict rules.
Challengers must visit all 270 stations. They do not have to get off, but the trains must stop at the station.
To prove his feat Marc, a keen marathon runner, recorded hundreds of video clips of himself, station signs and copies of newspapers to show dates and times. The record was verified after Guinness officials viewed his videos.
Marc, a former pupil at Manchester’s Xaverian College who studied physics at Oxford University, said: “I pity the person who had to go through all those videos.
“ It must have been some of the dullest video footage ever in adjudicating a record, but at least I’m a world record holder.
“The secret to my success was spending as much time cooking up spreadsheets, reading timetables and pounding the treadmill.
“I had heard about the challenge when I was a child and I guess it has always been at the back of my mind. I am a good runner who can analyse data and I just thought it was the perfect mix to have a go. I’m over the moon with it.”
Marc, who began his challenge in the early hours and used an all-zone Oyster tube ticket costing £18.60, added: “I’m just delighted to have done it. The record is now in the bag and it’s great.”
Fastest time to travel to all 270 London Underground Stations Video