Cycle team break British and Commonwealth Cycle Speed Record set by TV’s Guy Martin
A cycle team consisting of national record holders and world champions have broken the British and Commonwealth Cycle Speed record set by TV’s Guy Martin whilst raising money for the British Heart Foundation as part of its Raise Funds Your Way campaign.
Dave Le Grys and Neil Campbell from Colchester in Essex successfully broke the record after reaching the incredible speed of 114.19mph, smashing Guy Martin’s previous record of 112.94mph.
The daring duo and their team spent just £1,000 fixing up an old tandem bicycle with household items including a walking stick and an ex-MOD parachute before taking the record at Elvington runway in Yorkshire this week.
Dave, 60, set the previous British and Commonwealth Cycle Land Speed Record at a recorded speed of 110 mph on a closed section of the M42 behind a British Touring car in 1987. In 2013, Dave trained Guy Martin, the previous British Land Speed Record holder, which featured in the TV series SPEED.
Dave and Neil then decided to try to break the record themselves to help raise money for the BHF (British Heart Foundation) and their life saving research after experiencing first-hand the devastating impact of heart disease.
The team, also referred to as ‘Operation Pacemaker’, took the record despite Dave recently undergoing open heart surgery to repair his mitral heart valve.
Speaking of their recent success, a jubilant Dave said: “It’s fantastic to know that we have taken the record for the British and Commonwealth Cycle Speed record back! It’s been a massive team effort and I’m so grateful to the support of everyone involved in our Operation Pacemaker who made all this possible.
“We have raised over £1,400 for British Heart Foundation as their support following my open heart surgery just last year was incredible. We’re now looking forward to celebrating our success on the record and our smashing our fundraising target.”
Sophie Tibbitts, BHF Fundraising Manager for Essex, said: “We’ve been cheering on the Operation Pacemaker team all the way and we’re delighted that they have now managed to take the record! It’s such an achievement and we’re thrilled that they chose to support the BHF along the way.
“However, we urgently need more people to join our fight for every heartbeat to help the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. That’s why we’re calling on everyone across the UK to Raise Funds Your Way to help support our vital work.”
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