Engineering student Dean Penfold hopes to smash the coast-to-coast record on March 6 in aid of Raleigh International

Newcastle University student Dean Penfold will attempt to break the solo coast-to-coast record on March 6, safe in the knowledge that he already has the best time.

The ride, west to east from Silloth in Cumbria to Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear, comes in at just short of 90 miles with the record before February 21 standing at a minute over four hours.

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Penfold, a fourth-year student of civil engineering, is raising money for an expedition to rural Borneo to build water and sanitation facilities and educate the isolated community about the importance of good hygiene.

In preparation for his ride on March 6, Penfold did a reconnaissance mission on February 21, completing the 90 miles in just three hours and 29 minutes – knocking over half-an-hour of the previous record.

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With favourable weather, and maybe a bit of a tail wind, Penfold hopes to knock even more time off the record and raise money for Raleigh International.

Visit the fundraising page here.

  • J1

    Not sure what the UCI has got to do with this record attempt….

  • Olly Watt

    I was definitely joking…

  • Chris

    Can we, for just once, bin the comments about motors and doping when any rider excels at any event. It’s is all getting rather boring!

  • Olly Watt

    Engineering student? Will the UCI be scanning his bike for a motor?

  • Ian Jackson

    I rode part of that route on the same day (heading east from Abbeytown) and I had a massive tailwind. Even with that tailwind , 25mph is impressive. Brave lad riding the A69.

  • Gary Jogela

    No it’s not just you Matt

  • A 25mph average over that distance is fairly impressive, right? Or is that just me…