The “Lancashire Challenge” aims to visit every railway station in the county in 24 hours.
David Chandler from Morecambe is about to set off on a journey like no other. On Friday 16 September 2016 he will aim to travel by Northern's trains to every railway station in the county of Lancashire, in under 24 hours.
Covering hundreds of miles; the “Lancashire Challenge” is David’s latest fundraiser for St. John’s Hospice in Lancaster. David is hoping that supporters will sponsor him and donate to the Hospice, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
In 2015, David completed a similar challenge, when he visited all 270 London Underground stations in 20 hours 8 minutes. That sowed the seed for the Lancashire Challenge, as David explains: “After the Tube challenge, I began to wonder if something similar could be done around the county of Lancashire. I asked a friend to put a route together for me and we soon discovered that although there are a lot less stations, it is actually even more difficult, as there are less trains and the stations are spread far and wide.”
Lancashire has 62 railway stations and David has applied the same rules used on the Tube challenge for his latest venture: “We must visit each station on a scheduled passenger service. We can also travel between stations on foot or by public transport – but not by car, taxi or bicycle”, says David.
David will be joined by BBC Radio Lancashire’s Mike Stevens for the whole 24 hours on his epic journey, who will be broadcasting updates throughout the day.
Mike said: “This will be great opportunity to visit the whole of Lancashire in one day. Along the way, we’ll be meeting so many people from different parts of the county and providing on-air updates throughout the day.”
You can donate to St. John’s Hospice and support the challenge via David’s Just Giving page: justgiving.com/lancashirechallenge