Round Britain charity ride calls for riders

Published: 26 July 2013

A motorcyclist riding 4000 miles around the British coastline to raise cash for charity is calling for support from other riders as he makes his way around the country.

Paul Newman from Cambridge will be leaving on September 1 on a ride following the British coastline as closely as possible on a journey of 4000 miles with the target of raising £10,000 for the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Newman will set off from Cambridge Motorcycles on September 1, on a ride out to Kings Lynn and will finish in Kings Lynn on the September 14 completing a lap of the United Kingdom mainland, averaging 280 miles a day. The ride will finish at the BMF tail end show in Peterborough on September 15.

Paul is taking up the challenge to raise awareness of autism, a condition which affects more than one in 100 people in the UK, including his nine-year-old son Reece. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and, like many with the condition, finds social interaction challenging and has difficulty with speech, language and eye contact.

Paul said: “It’s hard for me to put into words quite how far my son’s come along since he received a diagnosis. Although it’s been difficult, it helped us to understand him and look for ways to support him. I hope as many bikers will get involved as possible and help support this cause, which is so close to my heart.”

Paul's challenge has already captivated local businesses, with Cambridge Motorcycles providing his protective clothing and Newsco Software running his website. His Sprint GT bike is being provided by Triumph.

If you want to help Paul reach his £10,000 target or join part of his journey, please visit his website: you can also see where he is as he does his lap on face book