Woman breaks world record for longest ever London Underground journey

During the challenge, Ali visited all 272 tube stations on the network - including stop offs at places including Kensington, Uxbridge, Edgware and Upminster <i>(Image: SWNS)</i>
During the challenge, Ali visited all 272 tube stations on the network - including stop offs at places including Kensington, Uxbridge, Edgware and Upminster (Image: SWNS)

A woman has broken the world record for the longest ever journey on the London Underground - lasting 48 HOURS.

Ali White completed the mammoth challenge after a gruelling two day stint on the tube.

The epic trip started on Friday, November 19, and finished just after 11am on Sunday.

During the challenge, she visited all 272 tube stations on the network - including stop offs at places including Kensington, Uxbridge, Edgware and Upminster.

News Shopper: Since taking part in the Trifecta of Stupidity Ali has raised more than £1,600 for her three chosen charities which are Mind, Centrepoint and the NSPCC (photo: SWNS)
News Shopper: Since taking part in the Trifecta of Stupidity Ali has raised more than £1,600 for her three chosen charities which are Mind, Centrepoint and the NSPCC (photo: SWNS)

Since taking part in the Trifecta of Stupidity Ali has raised more than £1,600 for her three chosen charities which are Mind, Centrepoint and the NSPCC (photo: SWNS) (Image: SWNS)

She whizzed up and down all the different lines and was joined by friends on Saturday and Sunday to let her nap and get her through when she is "lagging" on energy.

Ali who is also a volunteer with the British Transport Police was also given a special Transport For London (TFL) pass so she won't receive a penalty fair after not tapping out for 48 hours.

Reflecting on her two-day ordeal underground, the policy advisor from Shepherd's Bush, London, said: "It's been ok, it's a nice way to spend a weekend.

"Exploring bits of London I have never been to before."

News Shopper: Ali at Uxbridge (photo: SWNS)
News Shopper: Ali at Uxbridge (photo: SWNS)

Ali at Uxbridge (photo: SWNS) (Image: SWNS)

"I had a bunch of rules that I have to stick to - I couldn't tap out or hang around on a platform and let trains go past.

"I could only stop to swap trains, go to the loo or have some food.

"I was also be taking part in mini-challenges, little bits on the tube, little quirks.

"For example, the deepest tube station is Hampstead, it is 15 stories deep and my mini challenge was to climb those steps.

Reflecting on the 48 hour stint, Ali said: "I feel absolutely overwhelmed by the support from people on Twitter and social media.

"We've ended up raising over three times what I originally aimed for, which is just absolutely incredible.

"Absolutely wonderful experience, but never, ever again."

Asking what her favourite tube station was, she added: "Tufnell Park, it's a quiet, cute station out on the Northern line."

Ali took on the challenge after her dad Andrew White, died unexpectedly in 2016 from a pulmonary embolism - a blocked blood vessel in the lungs.

News Shopper: Ali and dad Andrew (photo: SWNS)
News Shopper: Ali and dad Andrew (photo: SWNS)

Ali and dad Andrew (photo: SWNS) (Image: SWNS)

Since his death, Ali has been raising money every year for charity but missed out on three years due to the pandemic.

This led to Ali taking on three challenges in three months to make up for lost time.

Called "The Trifecta of Stupidity" she took part in a 100-mile cycle through the Yorkshire countryside from her dad's birthplace in Middlesbrough to the National Museum in York.

On October 16, 2022, Ali ran the Oxford Half Marathon after attending University there.

And Ali has completed the challenge of spending 48 hours on the London Underground.

She added: "Overall, I'm hoping whatever money this raises goes to help some of the most vulnerable in society, and makes someone's life somewhere a little better.

"My dad made my life a hell of a lot better.

"He made me who I am today, so by donating, you're helping me pay that favour forward and say thanks for who he was."

Since taking part in the "Trifecta of Stupidity" Ali has raised more than £1,600 for her three chosen charities which are Mind, Centrepoint and the NSPCC.

Ali said: "Mind has done some incredible work campaigning to end the stigma against mental health and to advocate for improved services and treatment for those who suffer with mental ill-health.

"At various times during my life, I've found myself without a permanent roof over my head. I was lucky.

"I either ended up in temporary accommodation or my friends let me sofa surf.

"However, there are far too many vulnerable young adults who are in insecure housing. Centrepoint provides practical help supporting 14,000 young people a year.

"Volunteering with the British Transport Police means I've found out all too well about vulnerable young people who end up on the railway for whatever reason.

"The NSPCC not only works to raise awareness about the signs of child abuse, domestic violence and child exploitation but gives children a voice through the Childline hotline and the abuse reporting tool."

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