Marking 50th year with epic charity bike ride

Richard Rushby at John O'Groats. EMN-140912-103936001
Richard Rushby at John O'Groats. EMN-140912-103936001

When Richard Rushby, of Silk Willoughby, turned 50 earlier this year he decided to do something special to mark the occasion ... a 857-mile charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Richard spread the challenge across 10 days, cycling in the end for a combined period of 56 hours and two minutes.

The former Sleaford man launched the expedition in support of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

It was the fourth - and by far the longest - bike ride he has made in aid of the charity.

Richard’s fundraising is inspired by an incident seven years ago in which his father, Mick, was resuscitated after passing out at a restaurant.

This Great Britain-spanning ride was also inspired by Richard turning 50 this year.

He said: “I did it just to see what I could do.”

Richard completed the challenge in September, saying he felt surprisingly good at the end of the journey.

“It was a very good experience,” he said. “You go to different areas of the country you have never been to before and it’s really nice. Everyone was really friendly.”

To date, Richard has raised more than £500 for the cause, and he thanked all those who have supported his efforts.

You can still donate to the cause by visiting https://
fundraisers richardrushby.