An Eastbourne cycling enthusiast is taking on a monstrous challenge – and a Guinness World Record attempt – to raise funds for two local charities.
Robert Grew, a physics graduate from the University of Kent in Canterbury, will cycle from Nordkapp in Norway to Tarifa in Spain – a distance of 3,500 miles from the most northerly point of the European mainland to the most southerly point.
The 25-year-old is hoping to raise a pound for every mile covered to donate money to both the Tuesday O’Hara fund and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which he works for as an events coordinator in fundraising.
By completing the mammoth distance completely solo and unsupported, as well as potentially including the two highest mountainous cycle paths in the Alps and the Pyrenees along the way, Robert is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record.
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.”
In the past few years, Robert has completed various other cycling challenges for charity, the most recent of which being a 1,167 mile trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End, including the three highest peaks in the UK, completed in just 17 days and six hours. He also cycled from Eastbourne to Amsterdam and from the south of France back to England.
Robert is aiming to cover 100 miles per day on his trip across Europe, which he hopes to start in July of this year.
To donate to his cause, visit www.justgiving.com/the-extramile and to watch a video of Robert at The Extra Mile’s awareness day, visit www.eastbourneherald.co.uk.