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Derbyshire teacher to attempt LEJOG on a penny-farthing, eyeing 132-year-old record

Richard Thoday hopes to break the world record from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raise money while doing so

George Smith
12 Jul 2019

Richard Thoday, a secondary school teacher from Derbyshire, will make a Guinness World Record attempt to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a penny-farthing, with his target a time of 5 days, 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The current record holder is GP Mills, who set the time way back in 1886 as a Victorian teenager. Thoday hopes to level the playing field by using a penny-farthing that is a reproduction of the iconic bike designed in the 1800’s.

To stand a chance of beating Mills, Thoday will spend the first week of his summer holidays aiming to cover 200 miles per day over a route that will see him face 31,850 feet of climbing.

However, the teacher is no stranger to long distance cycling or indeed the penny-farthing, having ridden numerous 24 hour road cycling events previously, and has even been crowned UK National Penny Farthing Champion.

Besides the world record attempt, the man from Matlock hopes to use this opportunity to raise money for his chosen charity Children in Need and will be collecting donations throughout his ride.

Richard will be setting off on the morning of Saturday 20th July at 6am from Land’s End. A documentary of his ride will be released later this year.

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