Samuel Whitbread trio complete three countries and three beers in under an hour
PUBLISHED: 11:07 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 21 December 2017
Three friends from Stotfold hope they have set the world record for speeding across three countries and stopping for a cold beer in just 56 minutes.
Joe Oliver, aged 29 and 27-year-olds Calum Foskett and Jed Gibbs crossed the Amazon twice on a leaky boat and raced along dirt roads on motorbikes to quench their thirst in Peru, Brazil and Colombia.
Locals think they may be the first to take on the unusual challenge, with stunned bartenders cheering them on.
The cross-country venture set them back just £25 - roughly the same price as five pints in the capital.
The three friends used tuk-tuks, a motorbike and speed boat to cross the Amazon river in the remote tri-border region, where the three countries meet.
The decision to take on 10 mile crawl came after their flights from Columbia were delayed.
Speaking from Colombia law student Calum Foskett said: “It started off as a joke in a bar and then we realised no one had ever tried it before, and then we had a problem with our flights and were stuck for over a week.
“Whilst working out how to spend our time we were looking at a map and realised it could be possible to visit all three countries within an hour. From there, it escalated to a beer in each country in under an hour.
“We tried to make it as challenging as possible by adding two extra rules. We had to finish where we started making sure it was a full loop and each beer had to be served to us rather than bought in a shop.”
The trek to Peru was rewarded with a cold refreshment after just 29 minutes, with the second enjoyed at 41 minutes and the third completed inside the hour just after 56 minutes.
“It was tough going and I thought we weren’t going to make it at some points,” Calum continued. “It was like something from the Crystal Maze.”
The lads hope their drinking challenge might catch on with other travellers in the future.
Calum said: “It’s certainly different. How many pub crawls involve crossing a river by boat and shooting round on motorbikes?”
“We gave it a good go, but I think it can be beaten, not by much though. There was a few moments we lost time, we had to waiting for traffic or people slowing us down to offer tours.“
The trio are currently in South America and will return home in January.