Peter Langford completed his third charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September, raising 20,000GBP in the process. Peter, who attended Abbotsholme between 1946 and 1951, set out from the famous Cornish landmark to fundraise for Medicine Sans Frontier and two local charities. His previous two rides raised a whopping 38,000GBP for charity.
Peter, 85, trained for his latest ride by cycling into his local town, Bungay in Suffolk. While only a distance of 12 miles, Peter said it has some of the ‘best’ hills in the county. He also took on a longer ride of about 20 miles each week cycling to the U3A.
The long-distance peddler was waved off from Land’s End on his birthday in August by friends who happened to be holidaying in the county. Peter’s family joined him for breakfast on his final day of the ride, and were there to see him finish his 1,100 mile trek a few hours later at John O’Groats, where he said he was feeling delighted, relieved and grateful.
Speaking about his fundraising efforts, Peter said, “The fact I was raising money was a big help on some of the hills. I knew every mile counted. I’m really pleased to have raised twenty thousand pounds for charity.
“I have good memories [of Abbotsholme] and a few of my friends from those years are still alive!”, he added.