Steve Quinlan is bringing a version of the London Tube Challenge to the Lower Mainland. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Going for a Guinness record on SkyTrain

Maple Ridge man must hit every station in less than three hours

Steve Quinlan is going to try to get his name in the Guinness Book for a speed record… on the SkyTrain.

Quinlan, an addictions counsellor from Maple Ridge, is originally from Manchester, and is going to create a Lower Mainland version of London’s Tube Challenge. That competition is a longstanding race for the fastest time to travel to all London Underground stations. It has been tracked by Guinness since 1960. There are 270 stations, and the record is 15 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds.

Other cities such as New York now have similar challenges, and Quinlan wants to bring a version of that to Vancouver. After six months, he’s got Guinness to agree that if he can get to every SkyTrain station in under three hours, they will list it as a record.

He chose to make the attempt on May 4 – Star Wars Day to fans of the franchise.

“It’s the whole ‘May the fourth be with you,’” Quinlan explained. “Why not do something really nerdy on a really nerdy day.”

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/747/547/328.gif

He will be part of an entourage of seven people. Guinness insists he bring along a timer with experience timing (he chose a soccer referee), two independent witnesses, a videographer, a photographer to shoot every station, and a “Tweeter” who will keep the whole attempt before the public on social media.

He has official Guinness hats, vests and lanyards the seven of them can wear during the attempt.

He has done six trial runs, hitting all 53 Skytrain stations, and believes if everything goes right he will be successful in setting the record.

“I’ve always had a childhood dream about being a world record holder, and this is quite attainable.”

That said, he hopes others will try to better his mark as soon as he sets it.

“Records are made to be broken.”

People who have travelled with him as he tours the entire system say it is actually enjoyable.

“It’s a lot more fun than you first think.”

And it is for a good cause. Quinlan works for Alouette Addictions, and the agency runs an elementary substance literacy program in conjunction with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District.

The program was launched four years ago, and has steadily expanded with over 150 sessions being held this year. It provides opportunities for students to understand the complex ways in which drugs impact the mental health, physical health and well being of individuals, communities and societies. The program is 100 per cent funded by donations.

He is taking donations for the program through the website fastestskytrain.ca

TransLink officials originally chided him about running through their stations, but Quinlan assured them there will be none of that. He simply needs photos of each station as evidence, but many times he will not have to leave the train.

“We wish Mr. Quinlan the best of luck with his challenge. It sounds like a fun way to raise money and bring some attention to SkyTrain – the longest fully-automated, driverless rapid transit system in the world,” said Chris Bryan, TransLink spokesperson.

Just Posted

Being Young: Summer in Maple Ridge, my favouite

This fall marks a special beginning for me, setting off for the East Coast.

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Maple Ridge

Events in Memorial Peace Park on Saturday

Update: Horse put down after hit by car in Maple Ridge, one person to hospital

Accident along 132nd Avenue in Maple Ridge Friday afternoon

PHOTOS: Black bear gets curious on Lower Mainland driveway

Joe Wu captured photos of the animal wandering in Surrey

MacDuff’s Call: Who we are as Canadians

‘We all know we will be strongest with America in our ranks.’

Celebrating Indigenous peoples

Students at Meadowridge School held their inaugural Indigenous People’s Day on Wednesday

Seal pup rescued near White Rock pier

Animal was moving and “barking” when rescue crews arrived

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Electoral reform vote in B.C. includes $500,000 each for pro and con groups

A mail-in ballot referendum will take place Oct. 22 to Nov. 30, asking two questions on voting

Most Read