A MOTORCYCLIST who rode more than 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity.
Jamie Tingley, 36, of West Way in Lancing, rode all the way to Kirkcaldy on the east coast of Scotland and back again, raising more than £300 for Chestnut tree House children’s hospice.
Jamie’s route took him through thick fog and road closures, via Bristol Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and over the Firth of Forth before reaching Kirkcaldy, turning around, and heading back home again.
He set off from Lancing at 1am arrived home at 10.45 the following evening, to his wife Carole-Anne and a cold beer.
The whole 1,148-mile journey took him 21.5 hours.
“It was very, very hard,” said Jamie, who slept for only three hours before setting off on the trip.
The longest ride Jamie had done before was about 400 miles, when he was just 22.
He now has ambitions to join the Iron Butt Association, a long-distance motorcycle riding club whose entry-level rides are 1,000 miles in 24 hours.
“I thought if I’m going to do something like that, I might as well raise money for charity at the same time,” said Jamie.
“Chestnut Tree House is a charity that helps kids who are never going to be able to do anything like this, so I thought if I could raise a little bit of money that could help a child or a family, that would be a good thing.”