James Cracknell and Jerone Walters will aim to break one of the oldest cycling records in the world when they depart from Land’s End on their custom built Dolan tandem, ‘Rocket 2.’

Unbeaten since 1966, the Land’s End to John O’Groats men’s tandem record belongs to PM Swinden and WJ Withers, standing at 50 hours 14 minutes. If weather conditions prove suitable, the pair will depart at 3am on Saturday October 1 to ride through Bristol, Lancaster and Gretna Green before aiming to arrive at John O’Groats before 5am on October 3.

The solo record on a conventional bicycle for the 874 miles is 44 hours and 4 minutes, set by Gethin Butler in 2001.

James and Jerone, no strangers to the challenge of riding the length of the UK against the clock, are launching their attempt to raise money for the Headway Brain Injury Association, a cause with particular relevance for James.

“Without Headway’s support I would not be making this record attempt. They reach so many families and teach them how to understand and deal with the obvious, and more subtle, effects of brain injury,” James explained. “With their help, my family and I have been able to rebuild our lives together.”

James and Jerone can be sponsored online. You can track their progress via the Mapmytracks.com website

  • Colin J. Forester

    I am the son-in-law of William Almond Thompson who was the joint record holder with Laurence Innes of the Land’s End to John O’Groats Tandem Record set in July 1938, It was 2days 14 hours and 48 minutes. Both cyclists were vegetarian and were members of the Vegetarian cycling club. William Thompsons wife is still alive aged 93, and very proud of her husbands record which was not broken until the 1950’s. She still has in her posession his medal and a picture postcard of them setting off from Land’s End on their record breaking attempt.
    The Thompson family send good luck and best wishes to James and Jerome on their attempt at the record.