On 25th/26th May, I attempted and beat the world record for the number of countries visited in 24 hours using only scheduled transport. I set foot in 12 countries in 23 hours and 52 minutes. It was a record that hadn’t been broken for 23 years!
It has taken quite a while to gather sufficient evidence and for Guinness World Records to consider my claim, but this evening I finally received the email I have been waiting for!
I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER!
It’s already live on their website and whilst there certainly isn’t space any more for every world record to be featured, I’m really hoping it’ll make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for 2018.
The past few days have been crazy. A photographer from a press agency turned up at our house on Sunday morning and before I knew it, I was in the news in 36 countries across 4 continents! Apparently when you beat a world record lots of people want to know about it!
The story was picked up by three UK national newspapers, I’ve done a telephone interview for Esquire magazine in Russia, a Skype interview for the BBC Travel show (due to air on 11th June) and been written about as far away as New Zealand!
A Leeds dad is attempting to beat the world record for the number of countries visited in a single 24 hour period by using public transport.
Using only scheduled flights, buses and trains, Adam Leyton, who lives in Horsforth, will set off from France on the 25th May and race across Europe through a further 10 countries before finishing in the 12th, Austria, just under 24 hours later.
“With the EU referendum on 23rd June, it seemed the perfect time to see how much of Europe I can see. In a day! It’s a bit of a crazy idea, but should be a great experience and if I can make it work, I will have broken a world record that has stood since 1993.”
As he makes his way around Europe, Mr Leyton will be raising money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Sands offers support to anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
“The support they gave to my sister and her family 6 years ago after the tragic loss of her baby, Tilly Rose, just 5 days before her due date was incredible. This is my way of saying thank you to them and I’m hoping that in the course of this world record attempt I can raise a few pounds for this wonderful charity.”
So it would seem the running shoes that a certain high street ‘sports’ retailer advised I buy were actually only good for one thing. The bin.
I went to see a physio yesterday as my right knee has been hurting a bit for the last week or two. Whether it was a case of too much too soon (it’s not like I’m trying to run a marathon though) or just rubbish trainers, she’s getting me sorted and advised I buy something proper for my feet. If you need to see a physio, I can highly recommend Stella at Physiofit in Horsforth.
A trip into Leeds followed where I got some great advice from Up & Running on Boar Lane and came away with what I can only describe as ‘running slippers’. They are SO comfortable!
Hopefully now I’m going to be alright to cover the last 4km of this trip quickly enough…
Other than that, preparations are going well! Travel is booked, language basics are being learned and I’m about to get a small amount of 5 different European currencies ordered.
Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to a former colleague of mine from my Philips days, Chris Ashton. Chris does a wonderful thing where each month he donates to charity a day’s salary from his dog walking and pet sitting business, Chocolate Tortoise. After seeing my last blog update on Facebook, he has very kindly chosen to support Sands for his March and April donate a day. Thanks again, Chris, for your wonderful donation and kind words of support.
Sands is an incredible charity who provide support to anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
If you would like to make a small donation, you can do so via my Just Giving page. Thank you!
There is now just one month to go! This time next month I will have (hopefully) ticked off country number seven where, if all goes to plan, I should have time for an hour or so of rest. I’m planning either a bit of sightseeing or to get an airport lounge pass for some peace and quiet and to recharge phone batteries etc. I’ll probably go with the latter!
Preparations for the trip are currently going well. Most of the flights and trains are now booked and around a dozen new apps have been added to my phone so that I can store and quickly buy tickets on the go.
I’ve even bought a new pair of trainers! I’m going to have to run the first kilometre of the route and cover the final 4km (2.5 miles) by foot in a fairly brisk 25 minutes. A marathon it certainly isn’t but it’s meant I’ve had to venture away from the computer and actually get a bit of exercise to prepare for it. Probably no bad thing really!
I’m both very excited and a bit nervous at the moment. I’ve put a lot of effort into the planning but if there’s a delay on the day, there’s only so much I can do about it. The success of this trip is going to be slightly down to luck!
I quite like being in the EU. Yes, it has its flaws, and plenty of them, but things like human rights laws, free trade and free movement are no bad thing really. In fact a lot of my business comes as a result of being able to easily trade with other EU member states and the ability to move around the community freely.
A little while ago I came across the world record for the number of countries visited in 24 hours using only scheduled/public transport and I thought to myself, “I want to have a go at that!”.
So with the EU referendum coming up, it seems the perfect time to see how much of Europe I can see. In a day. The current world record set in 1993 is 11 countries in 24 hours and I’m planning to beat that by visiting 12.
My route starts in France at 7am (ish) on 25th May and finishes 24 hours and 12 countries later in Austria.
It’s a bit of a crazy idea, but should be a great experience and if I can make it work, I’ll be a world record holder!
I don’t intend to make a big thing of it, but I have setup a Just Giving page in aid of the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands. If I can raise a few pounds for them during the course of this little adventure, I’m sure they will be very grateful.