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#BBCtrending: How 'Race the Tube' went global

The craze for racing trains and uploading the results on YouTube - kickstarted in London a couple of months ago - has gone global.

The practice has become known as #racethetube after a video made in London was watched more than 5 million times on YouTube. It involves getting off a train and running to the next stop to catch the same train.

Recently the trend went global, but there are earlier examples. In 2005, a student in Scotland tried to beat the train in Glasgow. And a similar video filmed on the metro in Paris trended in 2012.

Anne-Marie Tomchak reports

Video journalist: Neil Meads

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  • 21 Oct 2014
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