Worthing golf club owner cycles 1,000 miles for charity

Richard Haygarth
Richard Haygarth

THE owner of Hill Barn Golf Club will finish cycling 100 miles a day for 10 days in a row today (Monday, July 2).

Richard Haygarth set himself the challenge to raise £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

He co-owns and runs the Maple Leaf Golf group, which owns Hill Barn Golf Club, in Hill Barn Lane, Worthing, with his wife Sally.

Richard started the feat of endurance with two friends, Andrew Paynter and Richard Couzens, on Saturday at Land’s End and aim to finish today (Monday) at John O’Groats.

Richard said: “I decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats after being badgered for several years by one of my fellow cyclists, Andrew.

“My mum suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years before her death in 2010 and I saw first hand what a dreadful disease it is. The money raised will be put to excellent use to help find a cure.”

The cycling trio has been training hard for the event, with thousands of miles under their belts, including a 170-mile coast to coast ride which they completed in two days.

Richard’s last-minute training included completing the London to Brighton ride where he got the whole family involved, finishing the event with his wife and 14-year old-son Jack on Father’s Day.

To support Richard and to help him achieve his £5,000 target, visit www.justgiving.co.uk/Richard-Haygarth