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Cyclist Tommy Godwin's achievements tweeted

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Image caption Tommy Godwin holds the longest distance cycled in a single year, 75065 miles, which he set in 1939

A Twitter account has been set up to record the achievements of a Staffordshire world record-holding cyclist.

It is thought the record Tommy Godwin set in 1939 for the longest distance cycled in a single year - 75,065 miles - has never been broken.

Writer Dave Barter has created a Twitter account to tweet what Godwin's daily mileage would have been that day.

Mr Barter, from Swindon, Wiltshire, said not enough modern cyclists were aware of Mr Godwin's achievements.

Mr Barter said: "It used to be a highly-coveted record, so I set up the account and I plan to write a book to make his success accessible.

"It will explain the history and importance of what he did."

As a keen cyclist himself, Mr Barter said he also planned to spend a week next year riding the kinds of distances that Godwin would have done.

'Unassuming man'

A plaque to commemorate Godwin's achievements was unveiled at Fenton Manor sports centre in Stoke-on-Trent six years ago.

Mr Godwin's daughter Barbara Ford said she welcomed any further tributes to her father, who died suddenly in 1975 aged 63 while on a cycle ride.

She said: "My dad was the most unassuming, gentle, modest man that ever walked this earth.

"I was 15 when I found out he held a world record - and he'd set it before I was born."

Mrs Ford also said she did not feel it was her place to lead any further campaign for more recognition for her father.

"My brother and I are of the opinion that we don't want to be seen to be basking in reflected glory," she said.

She said their father, who was born in Fenton in 1912, was inspired to start cycling aged 14 when he entered and won a 25-mile road race.

Mr Godwin went on to win more than 200 time trials and was cycling an average of 200 miles a day when he set the world record.

You can see more about cyclist Tommy Godwin on Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One on Monday, 28 November at 19:30 GMT.

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