60+ Card Challenge

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60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 06 Feb 2018, 10:57

I can't believe that I am about to turn 60. As some of you know, I retired from active tube challenging a few years ago, but I thought I should mark my move into retirement by coming out of challenging retirement for a final grand event.

So I will shortly be attempting the 60+ Card Challenge. This requires me to visit within the space of one week all 668 (by my definition) distinct stations (and tram stops) that it is possible to travel to for free using TfL's 60+ Card. Usual challenge rules apply, in that each station/stop must be arrived at or departed from on a scheduled service which runs on rails. Additionally, it is not permitted to use any transport during the week which would have to be paid for (for example, non-London buses and most National Rail services before 9:30am on weekdays cannot be used).

More information about the challenge can be found at 60pluschallenge.wordpress.com or on Twitter @60pluschallenge. Both the website and Twitter account will give the latest news and will provide live updates once the challenge starts.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by al » 06 Feb 2018, 12:59

Interesting, good luck Nigel!
Held some Alternative Challenge records for a long time.
Doesn't any more.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 12 Feb 2018, 09:39

I've added some Q&As to my 60+ Card Challenge blog 60pluschallenge.wordpress,com

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 19 Feb 2018, 15:13

Annoyances in planning the 60+ Card Challenge: 60pluschallenge.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/annoyances/

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 06 Mar 2018, 11:02

I'm pleased to announce that following the easing of the recent severe weather and a bout of illness, my 60+ Card Challenge will start this Sunday, 11 March. All 668 stations to be visited by Saturday 17 March. For updates on progress please follow on Twitter @60pluschallenge or on the website

I'm starting to get quite excited about it now. Despite careful planning, I've no idea how it will go or how my ageing body will hold up to the challenge every day for a week.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 08 Mar 2018, 15:18

I hope to keep this map, showing the stations done or not yet done, updated in real time once the 60+ Card Challenge starts on Sunday:
60+ Card Challenge progress map

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 10 Mar 2018, 21:01

The 60+ Card Challenge is all set to start tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by DavidC » 10 Mar 2018, 21:19

Good luck!
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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by tufnellpark » 13 Mar 2018, 11:08

Nigel, how's it going? Great idea and good luck.

I'm only 2 years behind you in age but unfortunately, I will have to wait until I'm 66 for my bus pass as I live in Sussex, not London.
London FNC 16:14:10 Paris Metro GWR 13:23:33
London Z1 WR 02:36:30 London Overground WR 09:07:35
Land's End to John O'Groats by bus WR 3 days, 8 hours, 17mins

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by DavidC » 13 Mar 2018, 20:07

It's looking good based on Nigel's map link earlier in this thread. Strong coverage of NW/W/SW London already. A few little anomalies stand out but hopefully there's nothing terrible that will prevent him completing.
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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 13 Mar 2018, 21:24

David - I'm glad the map seems to be working. I'm trying to keep it up to date in almost real time using just my phone, but sometimes slip a bit behind when things get hectic. Depending on the link used to open it, it occasionally shows a few weird things, i think probably when my phone gets out of sync with Google's servers when I lose signal.

If you want to see how I'm getting on this week, it's best to look at the Twitter feed for @60pluschallenge which is the only thing other than the map I'm managing to update regularly.

More than half the stations done in three days, so I'm pleased with that. South Western Railways services have been abysmal and a spectacular fail by GN last night. Other than those, things have worked out pretty well so far. Three consecutive days have left me feeling rather tired by tonight, but hopefully I'll last the week.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by Nigel » 17 Mar 2018, 07:26

I completed the 60+ Card Challenge in six days on Friday 16 March. 668 stations visited, starting at Roding Valley and finishing at Beckton. I'll provide more information once I get chance.

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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by DavidC » 17 Mar 2018, 08:36

Well done
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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by tufnellpark » 19 Mar 2018, 12:37

Congratulations. Six days on London Underground, Overground, Suburban, Tramlink and DLR is a fine effort for an old bugger!
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Re: 60+ Card Challenge

Post by DrainBrain » 19 Mar 2018, 13:28

Congratulations Nigel. That's some dedicated traveling.

I'm thinking particularly that there are several NR stations with limited services that required some planning to ensure they were visited.
Royal Oak to Bethnal Green in 333 days
Heathrow Terminal 4 to Amersham in 17 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds

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