Last year GPS was proud to support our Chief Security Innovation Officer, Alex Radford, in raising funds for the charity Step By Step, as he set out to break the Guinness World Record in running the fastest time around the London Monopoly Board on foot!

Step by Step is a charity working to empower young people and prevent homelessness. They use a unique step by step approach, providing accommodation, personal development opportunities and specialist support services.

Alex Radford runs the Monopoly board

Here’s a little summary from Alex of the run:

Early rise and shine on Sunday the 5th August 2018, at 06:45, as I stood on Old Kent Road ready to attempt a world record for the fastest time around the Monopoly Board on foot. If you know the game then you’ll know that it isn’t a short distance to complete, but i was more than optimistic about charging across London as fast as I could.

The challenge began by running straight up Old Kent Road, through Borough Market, over to London Bridge and Fenchurch St Station and across to Whitechapel Road. Then a quick wave while running past our GPS offices at St Botolph Street whilst on the way to Liverpool Street station.

Only 26 minutes into the run I felt I had got off to a pretty good start and kept a steady pace, things were looking good for the rest of the route.

Next up was tricky as I travelled down to Bank, over to Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street, and the Strand and then a right turn onto Bow Street. From there I was able to have a bit of fun as I ran straight through Covent Garden where a Gumball rally was going on with some amazing cars. As I was on a mission to defeat a Guinness World Record, I obviously didn’t have time to stop and have a look!

Next stop was Leicester Square followed by a run through some very close locations: Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue, Whitehall and Pall Mall. At the 7-mile point I was surprisingly still feeling good as I ventured onto Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street.

Passing quickly through Vine street, then up Regent Street to Great Marlborough, across to Maddox Street and through to New Bond Street, passing back down to Piccadilly to get over to Berkeley Street and then by Mayfair Place. The total time at this point was 1 hr 4 minutes and all was recorded on the Go Pro camera to make sure there was video footage evidence of the run I did!

Followed by a long drag down Curzon Street to Park Lane then onto Oxford Street.

It was nearing the end of the run and I went up Gloucester Place, past Marylebone Road and I realised that I was on my own, which was not the plan. Time starts ticking and I wonder where the team has gone? 2 minutes pass by and there is no sign of any of them. Turns out I had managed to run so far ahead of the cyclists that they took a wrong turn and missed the road. This unfortunately cost me about 4 minutes in the end but the elapsed time was still only at
1h24 minutes.

With only four stops left and all of them being a good distance apart I felt ready to complete the rest of the journey. Although now it was time to accelerate and start running fast!

I worked my way down to Euston Road and Kings Cross station, dodging people with suitcases left, right and centre. But now it was time to tackle the hill from King’s Cross to Pentonville Road and The Angel Islington. It was a struggle but a little while later the end was in sight and before I knew it the clock had stopped!

That was it, we are done! The timekeepers confirmed that I had achieved a new Guinness World Record of 1 hr 45 minutes 35.4 seconds. This broke the old record by 51 minutes and 32 seconds! I was really tired afterwards but so pleased of the whole team as they all did such a good job!

The target was to try and raise £1000 for Step by Step and the total achieved was £2501. Thank you to GPS, and each and every person that has supported this cause, it has made the whole attempt so worthwhile.