Robert Grew has beaten the world record for cycling 3,500 miles across Europe, solo and unsupported.
Mr Grew took on the monumental challenge of cycling from the most northerly point on the European mainland, Nordkapp in Norway, to the most southerly, Tarifa, Spain.
He completed the challenge, which he was doing to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Tuesday O’Hara Fund, cycling across nine countries in just under 39 days and seven hours – four hours shorter than the previous Guinness World Record.
Mr Grew said, “It feels amazing to have accomplished this record. Every summer I set myself a cycling challenge, but this was the biggest one by far – it’s exhilarating to think I’ve done it.
The cyclist wanted to raise money for two charities that are close to his heart.
He said, “I get to see on a daily basis the huge impact the skilled and compassionate care provided by the St Wilfrid’s nurses has on the lives of patients with complex needs as they near end of life.”
He was also proud to raise money for the Tuesday O’Hara Fund, who aim to improve the lives of young people suffering from leukaemia and other cancers.
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