Glencoe Marathon organiser climbs aboard penny-farthing for charity

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Glencoe Marathon organiser David Fox Pitt, 55, and his friend Neil Loughton, also 55, and a penny-farthing enthusiast, have begun an epic journey of 840 miles on the iconic early bicycles.

The ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats will take them 10 days, covering 80 miles a day on these bikes.

David describes these solid-wheeled, gearless bikes as uncomfortable and unstable, a bit like riding a horse with non-existent brakes, and he said: ‘We will be suffering on these bikes but for a very good reason – Mary’s Meals charity is doing amazing work and has helped 1.4 million children so far but there are still 60 million who still need help.’

David has lived by Loch Tay for 20 years and is part of Wild Fox events which organises not only the Glencoe Marathon but also many other events, which, over the past four years, have raised millions for good causes.

Mary’s Meals is a Scottish charity that provides meals for children at school in various countries, which then brings more children to school and helps educate them and move out of poverty.