125 miles in 5 1/2 hours?
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    Film-maker hires cyclist for Norwich epic trip
    JON WELCH
    10 August 2010

    When you're a film producer keen to stress your green credentials, there's no point in doing things half-heartedly.

    And hiring someone to pedal 125 miles on a bicycle to deliver your funding application certainly shows you mean business.

    Faced with a looming deadline, that is what the makers of a movie due to be shot in Norfolk did to ensure their bid made it to Screen East's offices in Norwich on time.

    Tinker Film plans to shoot part of its horror movie Tarot on location in Thetford Forest, and decided to apply for investment of £250,000 from Screen East's Low Carbon Fund, which encourages environmentally-friendly film-making.

    Having missed the post, the Watford-based company hired cycle courier Alex Urie, pictured, to ride all the way to Norwich in order to make sure the documents arrived by yesterday's 5pm deadline. The film's co-producer, Derek Harrington, 52, said: “The material had to be in hard copy, and we blew the post deadline because we were waiting for another document to attach.

    “We thought 'what's the most low-carbon way to get it to Norwich in time?' and hit on the idea of using a cycle courier.”

    Tinker Film hired Mr Urie, 25, through Go-Betweens, which bills itself as London's first carbon-neutral courier company. “Most of the work I do is in and around London. It's pretty rare to be asked to do a job outside the city and this is one of the longest I've done,” Mr Urie said.

    Mr Urie set off from Screen East's office at Leavesden Studios, Watford at 10.55am, on his single-speed bike, arriving at Millennium Plain, Norwich at about 4.30pm.

    Mr Harrington said: “That's impressive.

    “I'm delighted Alex got our application there safely and in such a low-carbon way.”

    Have you got an environmental story for the Evening News? Contact Jon Welch on 01603 772476 or email jon.welch@archant.co.uk
  • The best time that I can find for a courier over a similar distance is Ray Eden's 100 mile TT National Champ win - 3 hrs 32 mins. But that was on a Sonic TT Special, aero hat etc.
  • Average speed of.. 36.35 kph? Fuck off :)
  • choo choo!
  • Who cares if they've shaved a bit of time off, it's what courier companies do.
    Bill, how many times have you said to a client " He'll be there in 5 minutes." when you know I'm still chatting to someone at Creative Corner.
  • "creative corner". Not that I begrudge you creative types the seating space but that used to be my corner! I made the (time based) docket of a lifetime while standingby there bout 4 years ago... Found £99.80 there while giving it 5... making the total run I finaly got worth £106.49 for 2 w1 to w1s...
  • JP you should've named it four years ago.
    Courier history is written by the people who shout the loudest.
  • i call bullshit. no courier worth their salt would rather ride than train it there.

    nice story though :wink:
  • Been sifting the memory banks, and the only equivalent ride that I think of is the 1st Rolling to Stones ride in 2003.

    It's about 90 miles, and we started after 930pm, and arrived before 0445.
  • nice story but bonus muppet points all round, any savvy courier out there faced with this epic one up slap would have taken the train.
    I got sent to the South of France to drop off a passport. Did i ride there? Did I fuck.
  • Train + beers=WIN
  • "Been sifting the memory banks, and the only equivalent ride that I think of is the 1st Rolling to Stones ride in 2003.

    It's about 90 miles, and we started after 930pm, and arrived before 0445."

    could have made that time on your own with no pack to help?
  • Dunno. I was pulling a trailer, which may have counter-acted the effect of the group, but it was a small & fast group.

    Crispy and Khaled, in particular, were stomping.

    The ride back to Basingstoke the next morning was a different story...
  • Anyway, it was 30 miles less, and we took 1 hour or so longer than this fella.
  • This reminds me of a Metro job I delivered to a little village in Surrey once.It was near the end of the day when I was offered it but it was slow and it paid well so I google-mapped it and saw it had a train station.I rode down to London Bridge and locked the bike on one of the racks in the station.

    Jumped on the rattler and got to this village in about an hour or so.The job was a leisurely 10 minute walk from the station.I dropped off then walked back past a pretty pub where I thought I'd have a coulple of pints after which I made it to the rail station.After waiting a while I decided to check the train times when I discovered to my horror that the trains had already stopped running!It was only 8 O'clock FFS!!!

    I went back to the pub had another then called a cab that took me to Guilford train station which cost me 20 quid.I'd had a few beers as well so by now I'd already spent most of what I'd earned doing the job.Got back to London Bridge about 9.30 and went to jump on the bike when I noticed that some cnut had attempted to nick it by trying to snap the D-lock using the frame.It was still roadworthy so I got on and f*cked off home wishing I'd taken the thing with me in the first place.
  • you muppet :tooth:

    can we get anyone from gobees to make a statement on this?
  • L to B, 2h38mins. thats all I have.
  • As an aside, Tinker Films used a cycle courier to deliver their application for a 'green' grant, so what they going to do when it actually comes to the filming? they going to move all the lights/cameras/audio equipment down there by pedal bike, and the catering and the caravans for the actors to stay in?
  • Marylebone to Wandsworth: 24 minutes by motorbike. This city is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Would take less to cycle!
  • green = bollox. No ones fooling me, extra muppet points to all concerned including bonus points to mauracy for being a cunt.
  • YESS!! That gives me 666 points altogether and I'm in third place now!
  • Oh look, road.cc has picked up the story:

    http://road.cc/node/21332

    A film producer who had just six hours to get some vital funding documents from Watford in Hertfordshire to Norwich reinforced his green credentials by getting them couriered by bike, with the rider apparently covering the route, said to be 125 miles, with half an hour to spare.

    The claim has been met with healthy scepticism on courier website Moving Target, with one user pointing out, “no courier worth their salt would rather ride than train it there,” and another stating simply: “Train + beers=WIN.”

    Film production company Tinker Films, which intends shooting scenes from its horror movie Tarot on location in Norfolk’s Thetford Forest, was making an application for £250,000 from Screen East’s Low Carbon Fund, which promotes environmentally responsible film-making.

    Co-producer Derek Harrington told Norwich newspaper The Advertiser : “The material had to be in hard copy, and we blew the post deadline because we were waiting for another document to attach. We thought 'what's the most low-carbon way to get it to Norwich in time?' and hit on the idea of using a cycle courier.”

    Accordingly, the company engaged 25-year-old courier Simon Urie, who they were put in touch with by London company Go-Betweens, which bills itself as “London’s first carbon-neutral courier company.” The cyclist picked up the submission at 10.55am and set off for Norwich on his single-speed bike, arriving there at around 4.30pm.

    The courier told The Advertiser: “Most of the work I do is in and around London. It's pretty rare to be asked to do a job outside the city and this is one of the longest I've done.”

    Mr Harrington described the courier’s efforts as “impressive,” adding: “I'm delighted Alex got our application there safely and in such a low-carbon way.”

    The AA website gives the route, avoiding motorways, from Tinker Films’ offices at Leavesden Studios, Watford to Screen East’s offices in Norwich as 117.6 miles, or 189.3km, which would mean that the courier would have had to ride at an average speed, without stopping, of 33.9km/h.

    As a comparison, Mark Cavendish’s victory in Stage 18 of last month’s Tour de France, which covered 198km into Bordeaux, was achieved at an average speed of 42.9km/h.

    Of course, unlike the intrepid courier, the Manxman had the benefit of closed roads, a police escort, no need to worry about road traffic or stopping at red lights, and team mates to fetch him food and drink and slipstream behind all day until the sprint finish.

    According to National Rail Enquiries, taking the 11.27 train from Watford Junction will get you to Norwich exactly three hours later, allowing for 45 minutes to travel between Euston and Liverpool Street stations in London. So if he had taken the train, that raises the question of why the package wasn’t delivered at around 2.30, with the cyclist taking the rest of the afternoon off.

    Mike, office manager at Go-Betweens, told road.cc that Simon was on holiday this week and had undertaken the delivery as a private job between himself and Tinker Films. He did confirm, however, that Simon is a very strong and experienced rider and has undertaken long-distance rides in Europe, and he wouldn’t be at all surprised if he had indeed covered the distance in the time claimed.
  • "that raises the question of why the package wasn’t delivered at around 2.30, with the cyclist taking the rest of the afternoon off."

    Arrive at 2.30, couple of hours in the pub, deliver at 4.30, sweet! (or maybe he needed 2 hours to sober up after the train journey)
  • i once road from the fridge to the bathroom and fell off
  • does anyone even know simon?
  • His name's not Simon, it's Alex and he's a very nice man.

    Alex knows as well as anyone that there's a lot to be said for being 'economical with the truth' when it comes to dealing with the media :wink:
  • Is it the tall ginger bloke?
  • That's him - the Viking.

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