We did it! We rode from Chiseldon down to Land’s End all the way to John O’Groats in under 24 hours with 30 minutes to spare – total mileage of around 1,100!



Iron Butt ride – The Long Way Up!

After a successful rideout on Sunday 26 May with the RAF BF Rideout Group, we, Stuart and I, at New Horizons wanted to do more; see if we can complete a challenge by riding 1,000miles within 24 hours to raise more funds for two fantastic organisations, the RAF Benevolent Fund and also Lights for Learning. To be honest, its a really good excuse to ride for a long time and do some good for someone else too!

RAFBF Rideout Group is a motorbike group raising funds for the RAF Benevolent fund – RAF Benevolent Fund providing a range of support aimed at serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. This includes welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people through their Airplay programme.

Lights for Learning build solar powered lighting that are installed in places of education. We work mainly in areas of the world where artificial lighting is impossible or hard to obtain. The benefits positively impact entire communities in which these schools or clinics are based. Lights for Learning also provide their solutions, with training to fit them, to other charities who have their own projects that are also aimed to help lift the education & health standards of similar communities.

As usual, I don’t do things by halves so am raising funds for two worthy causes. Let me know if you do donate and want your donation to goto a specific organisation and I will make sure it gets there. See more on our Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/peter-genet-2?utm_term=zk3y2gxXM

See here for more info on the Iron Butt Association UK

They have some quite strict rules on how to achieve the mileage in the time allowed, so fingers crossed.

The route has to be at least 1,000 miles and completed within 24 hours for us to achieve the Saddle Sore 1000 certificate and badge – seems like a lot of effort for a little cloth patch, but its the taking part that counts!

Revised route

The date we have chosen is the longest day of the year, 21 June 2019. The ride will start at 5am from Chiseldon petrol station – that way we get a timed receipt as per the Iron Butt rules. Being as its a Friday we have chance to get back home before the end of the weekend. Luckily its all downhill from up north so we can simply freewheel back!!!!

Even got a mention in the Swindon Advertiser: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17700752.swindon-bikers-prepare-to-ride-more-than-1000-miles-in-24-hours/