Tandem trio set record ride time

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A CYCLIST from Ilkeston is celebrating after completing a charity ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on a three man tandem in record time.

Michael Turton from Ilkeston, was joined by work colleagues, Paul Barton and James Barton to complete the 1,000 mile trip in eight days – smashing the Guinness World Record time which stood at ten days.

The team, who have completed charity challenges before, said before they set off that they aimed to break the record.

But they revealed they were delighted to succeed in the challenge and cross the line in record time on their special bike, which can be adapted to carry anything from two to six riders.

The trio were raising cash for the Reece Jeffrey Foundation set up in memory of the teenager who died earlier this year from an undiagnosed heart condition.

The foundation supports the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young.)

Money raised will be used to equip a mobile unit that can detect heart defects in children and teenagers across Derbyshire and will tour local sports grounds offering screening for youngsters playing sports.

To sponsor the team and for more information visit www.saddle-row.com.