High Salvington man to take part in Royal British Legion’s Ride 1,000 challenge

Simon Atkinson is riding a 1000 miles in 24 hours for the Royal British Legion. W24249P11
Simon Atkinson is riding a 1000 miles in 24 hours for the Royal British Legion. W24249P11
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SIMON Atkinson is no stranger to challenges, but he will take on one of his biggest yet when he attempts to motorcycle 1,000 miles in 24 hours.

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 18), he is taking part in the Royal British Legion’s Ride 1,000 challenge, which will see him ride from Leeds to a northerly part of Scotland and back in the space of a day.

The idea is to raise money and awareness of the Poppy Appeal and has been arranged by the British Legion Riders Branch.

Simon, 37, of Hayling Rise, High Salvington,said: “I was in my local bike shop a few weeks ago and I saw a poster for this challenge.

“I am a keen biker anyway, and I thought ‘this looks like a good challenge’.”

The route will see Simon leave Leeds tomorrow and head north into Scotland, passing Edinburgh, and up into Wick.

He will then travel back down the other side of Scotland, passing through Glasgow and will end up back in Leeds on Sunday.

The journey is just over 1,000 miles, and a conservative estimate puts the riding time at around 21 hours.

Simon said: “There won’t be much time for sleep, but I have seen pictures of last year’s event and people are having 40 winks on a park bench with their bike parked up beside them, so I’m prepared to do that.”

To sponsor Simon, visit www.rblr1000.com or call Dillistone on 01903 200835.