Rail enthusiast hopes to break Metro ride record

Adham Fisher
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A RAIL enthusiast will be on Wearside to start his latest record-breaking attempt.

Adham Fisher, 27, is attempting to visit each of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s 60 stations in less than three hours.

“Under three hours is possible,” said Adham, who will set-off from South Hylton tomorrow morning.

“The great thing about the Tyne and Wear Metro is that, because it’s quite small, you can do it in a few hours.”

The fastest-known time for the route is three hours, five minutes and 33 seconds – which Adham set in 2010.

But now he wants to smash his own record.

“It’s almost totally down to luck, the trains either run for you or they don’t,” he added.

“That’s the beauty because, regardless of ability, you are in the hands of the transport operator.”

In 2010 Sunderland brothers Chris and Karl King got round all 60 stops in around three-and-a-quarter hours, raising funds for Children In Need.

“I’ve spoken to Adham about it,” said Chris. “South Hylton is the ideal start-point because it’s the beginning of the line.”

The obsession, which began in 2004, has seen Adham travel around the world tackling records in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

“One day I wondered if you could visit every London tube station in a day and I discovered there was a world record for it,” said Adham.

“I knew I wouldn’t get a world record for anything else, so I thought it would be a good idea.”

Adham, from Leicester, is yet to break the London Underground or New York City Subway records – the only two networks recognised by the Guinness World Records.

He will be joined on Saturday by Ian Wilson and Robert McIver, from Newcastle.

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