A school teacher and personal trainer, Sam Boatwright from Bradford, is aiming to break the cycling record from John O’Groats to Land’s End this weekend. Leaving on Friday he aims to beat the current record of 44 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
The current record on the 874 mile route is from Land’s End to John O’Groats – the other direction and with the prevailing winds. Boatwright is deliberately going against the wind just to make the ride even harder for himself.
The challenge begins at 6am on Friday 21st August and should end on Sunday, weather and events on the road permitting. He also aims at breaking the 24 hour record on a bike, which stands at 509.3 miles – this benchmark was also set by the current record holder Gethin Butler on his World Record ride across the length Britain in 2011.
His aim is to inspire others to get riding and enjoy the UK countryside by bike. Boatwright said of the challenge, “I’m a regular bloke, not an elite eight stone cyclist, but I want to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and are prepared to put the work in.”
Boatwright has form on such extreme adventures, having run 2500 miles in 50 days in 2012, raising £16,000 for Help for Heroes in the process. Ahead of the current adventure, he said “I have done all the training I can, the bike is up to scratch, everything is ready and I’m raring to go. I’m hoping for decent weather and the encouragement of supporters then, with luck, I’ll reach Land’s End with a new world record in the bag.”