Join a record-breaking cyclist on a Land's End to John O'Groats fundraiser

Last year James Bowthorpe cycled 18,000 miles around the world in 174 days, breaking the existing record and raising £125,000 for Parkinson's research.

After a few months of well deserved rest, feeding-up and planning, he's now ready to unveil another epic cycling adventure. And this time he's asking people to join in.

On September 5, he and 99 other riders – some of whom are yet to be found – will leave John o'Groats on a 1,000-mile ride that will finish at Land's End eight days later.

Along the classic route the peloton will be sleeping in a village of tents carried by a support crew, and fed on a diet of locally-sourced food. By the time they finish they will have covered a about 100,000 miles and, James hopes, have raised at least another £100,000 for his chosen charity.

It's a cause close to his heart as his grandfather suffered from the disease, and James now works at the same research lab he is raising cash to support.

The centre, called What's Driving Parkinson's?, is based in King's College and is searching for a cure.

"With the round-the-world thing I thought 'I've got to find something really difficult', and Mark [Beaumont] had just set that record. I'm so glad I did it," said James.

"We raised £125,000 last year and I basically want to do the same this year. I also wanted to do something in the UK. Something that celebrates Britain, really, because I realised when I was away what I was missing.

"I love cycling. It's one of the best things we've got. If I can use mine and everyone else's enjoyment of it towards so something worthwhile, that makes perfect sense to me," he said.

Although the journey will see the riders cover 125 miles a day, James insists that it is accessible because riders will be well-fed and won't have to carry their bags.

So far he's filled around half the available slots and is looking for more people to sign up.

And if this trip isn't adventurous enough for you, wait until next year. James is arranging yet another fundraising journey, 3,000 miles across the US.

• To take part or make a donation, visit the ride blog,, or email

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