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Derbyshire teacher attempts to break 132-year-old cycling distance world record on a Penny Farthing

Richard Thoday, a secondary school teacher from Matlock in Derbyshire, set out on 20 July 2019 in a bid to break a world record: to ride from Land's End to John O'Groats on a Penny Farthing, in the fastest ever time.

The current record stands at five days, one hour and 45 minutes – completed in 1886 by GP Mills.

Richard is aiming to smash this record by arriving on 25 July, after just five days – and is raising funds for children's charity, Children in Need, along the way.

Richard is an experienced long distance cyclist, having ridden numerous 24-hour road cycling events. He will be keeping a punishing schedule of around 200 miles per day throughout the attempt – along a route which features 31,850ft of climbing across the five days.

You can follow Richard's progress on Facebook, and track his journey here.

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