Bus challenge pair race against the clock

Neil Gregory, left, and Chris Dunn are geared up for the journeys ' and the exercise in between. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Neil Gregory, left, and Chris Dunn are geared up for the journeys ' and the exercise in between. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Two friends are facing a race against time in their quest to ride nearly every route on the Capital’s extensive bus network.

Chris Dunn and Neil Gregory, who dreamt up the idea over a pint, set off on a 113 at 6:50am morning – and plan to be on the buses until they complete their epic journey by taking a trip on the last number 1 tonight.

They originally hoped to ride every service over the course of the day in descending numerical order, although they were forced to omit the 69 and despite their best efforts, they have announced they will miss the 20 and the 15.

However they have vowed to plough ahead with the remainder of the challenge, with their progress updates through Twitter today becoming an online sensation, attracting hundreds of followers.

The pair said they have been left overwhelmed by the support of the Edinburgh public, having so far raised more than £1000 for cancer charity It’s Good to Give, with more than 70 donations flooding in to a page that was created only this morning.

The strict rules they have created state that they will have to stay on every bus for at least five stops. At 6:30 this evening, they had around 20 left to catch.

Chris, who is in the first year of a graduate law degree at Edinburgh University, said: “It all started in the pub as a throwaway comment, wondering whether it was possible to do it.

“That was six months ago. Since then we’ve spent a few more nights in the pub, poring over bus timetables and the website trying to work it all out.

“One guy got in touch to say he’d tried to go the other way – from the one to the 113 – but he didn’t manage to get past the 35. Between buses, the only form of transport we’re allowed is our legs.”

The friends will also run around 22 miles between stops.

Follow their progress through the @LothianBusGeek Twitter account, and through their hashtag, #edinbusgeek.

To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LothianBusGeeks