Madrider 1961's charity ride
In 2004 I rode a Honda CG125 from Plymouth to Bolton and back in 34 hours on L-plates.
OK some may say easy but at the time I had never ridden past the outskirts of Plymouth and was riding a bike that a few months prior had been written off after an accident.
The ride raised £3,900 for a charity called Debra. I was hooked.
In 2005 I rode around England visiting RNLI stations and raised £3,795.
2006 I rode from Lands End to John o’ Groats and back in four days, which apparently had never been done before.
But it can’t stand as an official record as no records can be set on British roads and by a disabled rider! I raised £7,000 for RNLI/Daat/Cornwall Air Ambulance.
2007 was a bad year. I attempted to ride round the UK but my support crew pulled out on the west coast of Scotland.
I finished the ride on my own but had to cut most of it out and only ended up rasing £200.
In 2008 I went for a re-run with a new support vehicle and good crew. 12 days Plymouth to Plymouth raised £4000 for Debra. I managed to complete it all despite some terrible weather and a crash in Liverpool.
2009 was time to beat my 2006 unoffical record. I took the same support crew as the 2008 ride, but the ride had to be stopped north of Perth on the way up due to an injured support driver.
I came back and decided to complete the ride on my own. I did it in 3.5 days there and back on my trusty CG. I raised £1,900 for Diabetes UK.
2010 a friend and I around Wales on 2nuts 2many castles visiting 50 castles in seven days. £200 raised for Diabetes UK.
I wasn’t going to do ride in 2011 due to an operation on my spine, but the operation was called off. I did a small four day ride in aid of RBLR Poppy Appeal. This ride raised £395.
This year I’ll be riding over 10 days in aid of RBLR Poppy Appeal visiting 74 bases in England, Scotland and Wales. This is the maddest and biggest challenge to date and as such has taken lots of preparation.
There will be me and an out rider, support crew of five members – two drivers, two film and web guysand one film interveiwer.