Jane Moore from Willesden CC has become the first woman to set a record for Land’s End to John O’Groats on a trike.
Moore arrived on the northeastern tip of Scotland shortly before 11pm last night (August 7) after three days, 16 hours, 45 minutes and 12 seconds in the saddle, having set off from Land’s End at 6am on Monday, August 4.
Subject to confirmation, she beat the arbitrary LEJOG benchmark of four days and 12 hours laid down by the Road Records Association (RRA) as no previous attempts had been made.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Moore told CW from John O’ Groats after a night’s sleep. “I’ve got a sore backside and that’s about all I can tell you!
“There is so much to process that I haven’t really begun to make sense of anything really. But it’s obviously fantastic.
“It was quite emotional getting to the finish. During the ride I consciously made an effort to just concentrate on what I was doing, and not to lose it emotionally. I just saw the sign for John O Groats and thought: ‘I’ve got about 13 miles to go, I can’t lose it now, I’ve just got to keep going.’”
Moore’s attempt was almost ended by saddle soreness before she reached Scotland, however a replacement saddle brought along by one of her support crew, who followed in a car, set her on her way again.
“I was eating a lot of pasta, vegetable soup, and peanut butter. I also had my standard stock of Jelly Babies. I even had them in a sandwich at one point, which was lovely.”
Moore explained that her hardest moments came on Wednesday evening while climbing Drumochter Summit in the Highlands during torrential rain on what was her third day of riding.
But the former ultra-marathon runner, who last year was part of the first duo ever to attempt the national 24 hour time trial on a women’s tandem trike with clubmate Arabella Maude, isn’t one to give up.
“Once the saddle issue was sorted there wasn’t really any question in my mind that I was going to make it,” she added.