Eastbourne cycling enthusiast Robert Grew hopes to get his name in the Guinness World Record Book as he embarks on a 3,500-mile cycle across Europe today (Tuesday).
The 25-year-old will fly out to Norway, where he will begin his marathon charity challenge in Nordkapp - the most northerly point of mainland Europe.
He will then cycle down through Denmark, Germany and France before finishing on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea at Tarifa, Spain - the most southerly point of mainland Europe.
Robert will be cycling completely solo and unsupported, taking on arctic tundra, vast forests, formidable mountain ranges and blistering wildernesses. He hopes to complete the trek in 35 days - a target of 100 miles a day - to beat the previous unsupported record of 39 days, 11 hours, 24 minutes and 24.71seconds.
Not only is his expedition a world record attempt, but he is hoping to raise £3,500 - a pound for every mile - to split between St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Tuesday O’Hara Fund.
He said, “I enjoy cycling. I love watching the scenery change, beginning the day in say, a farmland, and finishing the day in the mountains, knowing that I’ve done that off my own back.
“It’s such an adventure in that respect but more and more, there are friends and family who are affected by what these charities help with, so I’m very much inspired to raise as much money as possible.
“My sincerest hope is, by undertaking such a daunting and isolating challenge of my own, documenting it, and sharing it with the world, I will be able to raise enough money to make a positive difference to the quality of life of patients cared for by both of these local charities.”
People can track Robert’s progress online at https://my.yb.tl/stwilfridstracking/ and he will document his journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theextramilecycle.
So far, £412.92 has been donated for the Tuesday O’Hara Fund at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/theextramile and £862.92 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice at www.justgiving.com/the-extramile. The links to both pages can be found on The Extra Mile’s Facebook page, as mentioned above. An additional £470 has also been raised in pledges, taking the current total to £1,745.