John Lees (walker)

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John Lees holds the record for the fastest coast-to-coast walk across the United States. Starting at Los Angeles City Hall on 11 April 1971, he walked for 53 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes to New York City Hall, finishing on 3 June 1971.

Lees became the sports reporter for various BBC radio stations in the south east of England, including BBC Sussex, BBC Surrey and BBC Southern Counties Radio, where he was often referred to as "the gentleman of sport", he retired from BBC radio in September 2018.[1][2]

He made a return visit to New York City Hall to mark the 30th anniversary of his amazing feat of endurance; this nostalgic event was covered by BBC Southern Counties Radio.

Lees is a keen birdwatcher.[2]


  • "John Lees - Walking across the USA". Rotary Club of Seaford. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2014.