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Bath University student in distance cycle record claim

Ben Rockett
As well as taking to his bike, Ben is also studying for a PhD in education

A Bath student is laying claim to a new world record for cycling from one end of the country to the other - and back!

Ben Rockett, a postgraduate student from the University of Bath, rode from Land's End to John O'Groats and then back again to Cornwall.

Ben set off on Saturday, 21 August aiming to cycle the 1,781 miles in just six days - which he completed in the early hours of Friday.

Unofficial figures show Ben completed the ride in five days, 21 hours and eight minutes beating the previous record by some 23 hours.

The long-distance rider, who had support team of fellow students with him, was raising case for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The previous record holder was Bobby Brown who completed the route in April 2000 and achieved a time of six days and 20 hours.

Ben told BBC Bristol that the ride was much more punishing than he expected.

"I knew it was going to be tough, that was obvious, but once you get stuck in you realise it's ridiculously tough.

"I was kindly treated to about 30 minutes sleep every day - and quite often that wasn't allowed in a bed, that was just stuck on a sofa.

"So physically I was exhausted - I was never given any chance to repair or recover.

"When you get in that soggy and sweaty cycling kit and go back out in the middle of the night then physically and mentally that was a big ask."




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