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Teacher in 1886 penny farthing world record bid

Richard Thoday Image copyright Penny Farthing End To End
Image caption Richard Thoday said he liked riding a penny farthing as it put a smile on people's faces

A teacher is believed to have broken a 133-year-old record for riding a penny farthing bike from Land's End to John O' Groats in the fastest time.

Richard Thoday, from Matlock in Derbyshire, completed the 874-mile journey in four days and 12 hours.

The long-standing record of five days and one hour was set in 1886 by celebrated Victorian cyclist GP Mills.

Mr Thoday's record attempt has helped to raise more than £6,000 for Children in Need.

Guinness World Records will now review evidence before confirming the record.

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Media captionRichard Thoday aimed to break the world record set by a Victorian teenager

The 55-year-old set off from Cornwall at 06:00 BST on Saturday and arrived in John O' Groats at 17:52 on Wednesday.

"I wasn't entirely convinced myself that it was possible but everyone else believed in me so I want to say a massive thank you," he said.

"It's been quite a rollercoaster ride over the past five days.

"It's been an extremely hard thing to do - not just for me but for the crew following as well."

Image copyright Penny Farthing End to End
Image caption Mr Thoday averaged about 200 miles a day

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