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Watch a guy race a London Underground train and win

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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Sep 17, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 2:06 pm CDT

Today in news of impressive yet pointless achievements: A man raced a London Underground train on foot, and won. 

The challenge was to run from Mansion House to Cannon Street station on the Circle line, a 380-meter dash that he managed in 1 minute, 20 seconds. The race required him to get out of the first station, through a set of turnstiles, run through London streets, and then go back down through another set of turnstiles into the second underground station.

James Hepstonstall, a 30-year-old competitive touch-rugby player, made the journey while wearing a GoPro camera, while a friend stayed onboard the train to document his arrival. 

You can see the rest of the train passengers applaud when he arrives back in the train at the other end, and rightfully so.

Train running isn’t a new phenomenon, with some cities actually having informal mass transit racing clubs. In Boston, there’s even a 4.1 mile race that follows the entire above-ground section of the Green Line. Still, this is the first time we’ve seen someone use a GoPro to film their achievement, and the result is pretty darn awesome.

Screenshot via YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 17, 2014, 10:15 am CDT