Here is the story of the day four fantastic people came together to beat the tube.
Simon Cox and Ian Byers joined forces with London 2012 Olympian Kelly Edwards and GB Paralympian Julie Rogers to raise money and awareness for Niamh's Next Step.
To date they have topped their £1000 target which is amazing.
Written by Simon Cox...
WOW........ What a day! The day we beat the tube!Starting off at 4:45 am, we headed down from our hotel to Hounslow West where we caught the first train into Heathrow Airport Terminal Four to start the challenge at 5:02. The team were up for it despite just a few hours sleep and we posed for a start line photograph in front of the Heathrow Terminal Four sign before heading off right on time.Nine minutes later and we were facing our first change to reach Heathrow Terminal 1, 2 and 3 before heading back up the Piccadilly Line to South Ealing where we were off to catch a bus to Richmond.After a short bus journey, we literally had seconds to sprint from the first train out of Richmond to head back towards the City and to West Kensington on the District Line. From West Kensington, we faced a short walk/run to Kensington Olympia where we caught the 6:46 am train back to Earls Court and then up to Edgware Road at the top of the northern stretch of the District Line. We switched to the Hammersmith & City Line where we travelled for 25 minutes down to Hammersmith talking to an Australian couple about our challenge. After a quick run across the road to the other Hammersmith station on the Piccadilly and District Line, we travelled back up the District Line to Ealing Broadway so we could catch the Central Line.Our arrival at Ealing Broadway was met with commuters and we had to sprint through the masses of people to catch our train to Epping at the East end of the Central Line. This was a challenge in itself with most of the journey underground, but also having to stand for over an hour as all the seats were taken. With an early start, we thought we would be able to get a sleep ahead of the remainder of the day, especially as we were due to be on the Central Line for over an hour, but there was no space to stand, let alone sit and sleep! This was tough as tiredness was kicking in already and it was only 9.15 am, but four hours for us!Having been round the Hainault loop, passing through Grange Hill, we changed at Woodford to head up to Epping reaching our 81st station before travelling back South to Snaresbrook where we were to travel across to Walthamstow Central at the end of the Victoria Line.We took the Victoria Line to Green Park, where we changed again, this time back onto the Piccadilly Line to head towards Earls Court, where we changed back to the District Line to head towards Wimbledon and we arrived at 11:37 passing through our 100th station.Upon reaching Wimbledon, we stopped for a coffee before heading off to Morden and the bottom of the Northern Line. Heading up the Northern Line, we then faced one of the maddest parts of the challenge where we changed at Stockwell for the Victoria Line for one stop to Brixton, reaching Brixton we sprinted across the platform to jump on the train heading back to Stockwell and then continuing up to Victoria.Again, at Victoria, we had another mad dash to take the District Line to Sloane Square (one stop), up and over the bridge to catch the next train back through Victoria to heading towards Aldgate. At Aldgate, we faced the race up the stairs, down the road to Aldgate East and then back down the stairs for the District Line to Upminster for the long and drawn out stretch passing through West Ham.At 13:39, we reach Upminster and our 147th station before we headed back to West Ham to change to the Jubilee Line to Southwark before changing again to the Northern Line and then back up the Bakerloo Line to Piccadilly Circus.Just over two hours later, we reached the top of the Piccadilly Line at Cockfosters and headed off for another coffee. This time we were off to High Barnet before we headed back down the Northern Line to Moorgate via the mad one station dash to Mill Hill East on a train full of school children wondering why there were four adults looking extremely exhausted!The journey to Moorgate was long and tiring before we changed to the Circle Line to Great Portland Street and another overground dash to Goodge Street on the Northern Line towards Edgware which we reached at 18:07.By this time, we still had loads to do, not in number of stations, but changes and mileage of the network. We still had to return back to the City to complete the Jubilee Line and back out on the Bakerloo Line to Harrow & Wealdstone. Tiredness and motion sickness was kicking in...... it's not every day we face so much travelling on the underground!The journey back to London was quick as we changed at Baker Street, another quick one station visit to Regents Park and back out via Paddington to Harrow & Wealdstone. This time it was back on the Bakerloo Line and down to Kenton where we faced another short dash to Northwick Park to catch the Metropolitan Line to Preston Road.As we raced towards the station, the train was in the platform and it was a mad panic as we sprinted up the stairs and literally dived on the train. By this time, it was 20:00 and we still had to visit the rest of the Metropolitan Line, part of the Central Line and the remained of the Piccadilly Line. We were tired, but were hungry to complete the challenge which included another two runs on foot having travelled 15 hours already!Having waited for a while at Preston Road, we faced the journey to Uxbridge exhausted but determined to complete the challenge. Uxbridge was our 264th stop. We were literally running out of time left to complete the challenge and we were tired and exhausted, but spirits were high.Leaving West Ruislip on the Central Line at 20:47, we had 25 left to complete the challenge and he headed down to Hanger Lane before the run to Park Royal, another one station dash to North Ealing, and then back up the Piccadilly Line to Rayners Lane.At Rayners Lane, we faced the mile run to West Harrow, but we were exhausted and had just missed a bus which would have saved our legs. Arriving at West Harrow, the train we needed pulled into the station and we had a sprint up the stairs to catch the train. Unfortunately, we were too late and the train moved off leaving the four of us panting! We now faced the lengthy wait for the next train to Watford.We arrived at Watford starving and in need for food, but nothing was open and we were literally on empty knowing we still had a few left to do. We travelled back to Moor Park where we caught the Amersham train where we faced one of the biggest challenges of the whole day.Pulling into Amersham, we had reached 269 of the 270 and were left with Chesham to complete the challenge. The train was due into Amersham at 22:57 and our connecting train was due back to Chalfont & Latimer at 22:56 so the odds were against us. Pulling into Amersham, our train was waiting to head back to the City and we still had to work out how to get across to the platform. As we pulled in to Amersham, we sprinted down the centre of the train to get to the closest door to the stairs, run out the carriage screaming wait, up the stairs, across the top of our awaiting train before descending down the stairs. Suddenly, the train doors closed and the engine of our connecting train revved up as it was to pull away leaving us screaming at the driver to stop the train.Fortunately, the driver heard us and stopped the train for us to get on. We all boarded the train and collapsed in the empty carriage laughing our heads off. We had to get that train otherwise our challenge was in doubt. We were exhausted but we achieved it, we had just completed the impossible of catching our train back to Chalfont & Latimer to catch the connecting train to Chesham to complete the challenge.We were all buzzing and approaching our 18th hour of the challenge when our train pulled into the station and the reality began to hit us. The journey to Chesham was like the last minute of a Cup Final when your team is winning..... we were all beaming with joy, taking photographs and coming to terms with the fact that we were about to complete our challenge.We pulled into Chesham still buzzing and itching for our final photograph around the station sign. The challenge was complete.......we had beaten the Tube! Our final time 18 hours, 18 minutes.