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Nearly 200 lighthouses and 6,616km: Sam Hayes cycles the entire coast of the UK for charity

Joe Robinson
24 Oct 2017

In aid of CALM, Sam Hayes cycles the entire coast of Britain, taking in 181 lighthouses

Riding along the coast is hard. The wind is usually unrelenting, slowing you down at any opportunity whilst also keeping you cold and damp. That's why Sam Hayes's recent achievement is extra impressive. 

In aid of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Hayes cycled the entire length of the British coastline anti-clockwise, starting and ending at Land's End. 

The amateur cyclist covered a mighty 6,616km route, taking in a total of 181 lighthouses on his journey that lasted a gruelling 72 days.

Despite the exhausting task, Hayes managed to stop at each lighthouse, making sure to take a selfie for twitter, updating his followers daily.

So far, the charity rider has managed to exceed his £1,200 fundraising target with the total sitting at just over £2,000 at the time of writing.

If you'd like to donate, you can find Sam's Just Giving page here: justgiving.com/thelighthousetour

All the proceeds of the trip will go to the charity CALM, and the original target is enough funding to run its helpline for a full day, allowing it to answer 200 calls.

With suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, CALM is committed in its goal of preventing men from taking their own lives.

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