2 Men, 13 Countries, 24 Hours in support of Guy's and St Thomas'
On 23 May 2017, Umit and Steve broke a Guinness World Record by visiting 13 Countries in 24 hours by only scheduled public transport. No taxis, cars or bikes were allowed! The last record stood at 12 countries and has now been shattered. They pursued this record attempt to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ following fantastic treatment they received. Umit shares with us his story.
‘We had treatment from Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the past and we were extremely pleased with the care we received from everybody, for all the help they provided during our stay there. I always wanted to do something in return for Guy’s and St Thomas’ but I didn’t know what I should do as I’m not innately a sports person!
‘It was never going to be a marathon and so I didn’t know what I could actually do to raise some money for the hospital in order to thank them. Last year in October, I was reading a newspaper and read about Adam Leyton who travelled through 12 countries in 24 hours, beginning in Perl, Germany. I was very impressed by this and I have always had an interest in travelling and so thought this is something that I could potentially do. I therefore decided that this was the way I would raise money.
‘I started initially by trying to figure out what the best route would be to take to finish this successfully. It took me over two months to figure out exactly how I would be able to successfully complete this route. I also had my good friend Steve who was onboard to join the race and support me in achieving this feat!
‘I trained vigorously for this and have really enjoyed the process. A highlight of the challenge was seeing all the support across Europe that we got. We had one couple that came to track our progress very late at night. It was also nice to get announced by the flight attendants concerning our world record attempt!
‘We had a camera on our chest filming everything as well as a GPS tracker which was tracking what was going on every 30 seconds and this was directly submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.
‘We really enjoyed this and may just attempt to break our own record next year!
You can still donate to Umit and Steve's fundraising for Guy's and St Thomas'. Want to get involved and have your own fundraising adventure? Find some inspiration here.