A METRO racer’s Wearside start helped to set a new rail record.
Adham Fisher, 27, who has taken on transport systems around the world, managed to visit every Tyne and Wear Metro station in less than three hours.
The time of two hours 56 minutes and 33 seconds, shaved nine minutes off the route’s previous best-known effort – which Adham set in 2010.
“It feels pretty good,” said Adham, who was joined on his journey by Ian Wilson and Robert McIver from Newcastle.
“We’ve just celebrated with a well-deserved Greggs lunch.”
He added: “It could have been faster I think. We tried something which was a gamble and it didn’t pay off, that perhaps would have saved another ten minutes.
“Rob split off from us, taking his own gamble, and recorded a slower time of three hours seven minutes and 31 seconds.”
The group started off from South Hylton on Saturday morning and raced to the finish-line at Newcastle Airport.
Adham said: “I was quite nervous when we started because the train which left before ours, left late and feared it that might have a knock-on effect to ours.”
A true competitor, Adham is keeping the rest of the route to himself to avoid giving others a hand in beating his time.
The obsession, which began in 2004, has seen him travel the world chasing times in cities such as Chicago, Madrid and Paris.
His overall aim is to hold a Guinness World Record for conquering the London Underground and New York City Subway.
In 2010, Sunderland fund-raising brothers Chris and Karl King took on the Metro stations challenge to support Children in Need – recording a time of around three-and-a-quarter hours.