Derbyshire man breaks penny farthing world record

An Ambergate man has smashed a world record to become the fastest man to travel from Lands end to John O'Groats on a penny farthing.

Richard Thoday completed the challenge in four and a half days, which beats a previous record set 133 years ago.

The 55-year-old teacher took on the challenge to raise funds for the Children In Need charity 

He told Peak FM there were a few things that worked in his favour throughout the challenge: "I was really lucky. The weather was extremely kind to me and I've had a lot of following winds and mostly dry weather.

"It's an extremely tough challenge. If the weather had been wrong, would I have done it? We'll never know!"

"The one thing that I really appreciate was the people that have supported me and helped me and a lot of people have been involved in this. They've all believed from the start that I could do it.

"I hadn't really reflected on that until after I had finished and I suddenly realised how much faith people have had in me. That's quite an overwhelming feeling really."

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