31st July - DLR 20th Anniversary Challenge

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Post by Starkey7 » 11 Jul 2007, 22:59

Blimey, mine might, too! Perhaps we've all got the same route!

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Post by gasman » 12 Jul 2007, 11:24

jamesthegill wrote:
sweek wrote:
jamesthegill wrote: Although it does involve going via Archway.
Northern Line Zone 3 Archway...?
I keep my cards close to my chest, so I refuse to answer that ;)
Aha, I think I've got it. After reaching King George V, he's going to double back to London City Airport where a newly recomissioned Concorde (yes, I know. They've kept very quiet about it because they don't want transport geeks like us to turn up and ruin the ambience, but it's going to be a scheduled service so it counts as public transport and therefore within challenge rules and everything...) will take him to Archway, Sedona, Arizona. Due to the difference in timezones he will arrive one hour before he left, and will thus claim a time of one hour 15 minutes.

Am I right? :D
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Post by jamesthegill » 12 Jul 2007, 11:39

gasman wrote:Aha, I think I've got it. After reaching King George V, he's going to double back to London City Airport where a newly recomissioned Concorde (yes, I know. They've kept very quiet about it because they don't want transport geeks like us to turn up and ruin the ambience, but it's going to be a scheduled service so it counts as public transport and therefore within challenge rules and everything...) will take him to Archway, Sedona, Arizona. Due to the difference in timezones he will arrive one hour before he left, and will thus claim a time of one hour 15 minutes.

Am I right? :D
How the hell did you find that out? :shock:

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Post by tpfkar » 26 Jul 2007, 19:16

Is this still on for a 6:30 meet at Poplar on Tues evening?

I'm working in London, so will be smart and kitted out - will there be any spectators who might be happy to take care of bags and stuff? Don't think I'll be doing the run in 7 mins in a suit!

Look forward to seeing you Tuesday - I should be able to make it as long as my meeting doesn't overrun.

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Post by jamesthegill » 26 Jul 2007, 19:28

I've been looking forward to this all month - due to a chronic lack of money I've curtailed all social outings until this one, so it'd better go off well!

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Post by Soup Dragon » 27 Jul 2007, 08:38

tpfkar wrote:Is this still on for a 6:30 meet at Poplar on Tues evening?

I'm working in London, so will be smart and kitted out - will there be any spectators who might be happy to take care of bags and stuff? Don't think I'll be doing the run in 7 mins in a suit!

Look forward to seeing you Tuesday - I should be able to make it as long as my meeting doesn't overrun.
Yes the event is still going ahead meeting at Poplar at 18:30.
The rules are very simple.
1. You can choose whichever starting station you like.
2. You must depart from your selected start station between 19:00 and 19:30.
3. You must visit all DLR stations by DLR service.
4. As soon as you've completed the challenge head to the Captain Kidd in Wapping.

I will probably have a bit of space in my backpack so if you want to give me a couple of items to carry i'd be happy to try and help out. :wink:
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Post by tubeguru » 27 Jul 2007, 08:41

I'm considering coming down to see what the fuss is about.
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Post by gasman » 27 Jul 2007, 13:02

As of this moment, the DLR is the only challenge that anyone has a better time than Starkey on. This makes it Highly Interesting.
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Post by jamesthegill » 27 Jul 2007, 16:00

Soup Dragon wrote:I will probably have a bit of space in my backpack so if you want to give me a couple of items to carry i'd be happy to try and help out. :wink:
I've got a parcel bomb that I'm taking, can you look after that for me please? I need someone else's fingerprints on it :D

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Post by tubeguru » 27 Jul 2007, 16:51

On the day, shout that a little louder within earshot of an orifice of the law and see what happens.
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Post by Soup Dragon » 27 Jul 2007, 21:49

A couple of guys made similar jokey comments about bombs before boarding one of our flights on Air New Zealand. They didn't find it so funny after spending a night in the cells and having their holiday departure delayed by 24 hours.
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Post by editorsfoot » 28 Jul 2007, 19:08

Going back on topic, I finally have a route inside record time. It now includes the dreaded 7 minute run! Not sure if my knee is up to it at present though.

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Post by tpfkar » 28 Jul 2007, 19:57

If anyone can't be bothered doing the challenge on the evening, sounds like it should be a good laugh just to sit on the platform at King George V/Gallions Reach and watch everyone going past.

Looks like there's a decent chance of some people on the same route having different times if some make the run and some don't.

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Post by Soup Dragon » 29 Jul 2007, 23:28

We went to the Emirates today to watch Arsenal vs Inter Milan (& PSG vs Valencia), it seemed the obvious thing to try a DLR challenge on the way there. We set a reasonable time of 1hr50m25s.

As for Tuesday, the meeting place at Poplar will be the concourse above the platforms, from there we can all dash off in various directions for our nominated starting stations.

Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
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Post by Going Underground » 30 Jul 2007, 16:05

Just to confirm that due to a late change of plan I can now join you all in celebration of 20 years of the DLR........ :D

So see you guys either at Poplar, on the way round or The Captain Kidd in Wapping for the usual post mortem........... :P
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