Cyclist takes on epic adventure in aid of the RNLI

Harry with Mallaig Lifeboat coxswain Micheal Ian Curry and station mascot Jake. Photograph courtesy of Mallaig RNLI.

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Cyclist Harry Lidgley stopped off in Lochaber during his mammoth challenge to cycle his way round all the UK’s mainland lifeboat stations.

The 23-year-old, who has been training for his epic journey by working as a Deliveroo cyclist in Cambridge, was welcomed by Mallaig lifeboat crew as he smashed half of his £5,000 fundraising goal for the lifesaving charity.

After setting off from Poole on May 1, Harry, from Berkshire, was happy to pick up one of the food parcels his mum Jan has been forwarding to the stations to keep him well-fed on his 7,000 km mission to travel round 168 mainland lifeboat stations in 40 days.

A battering from the hills in Cornwall and Devon gave him a taste of what was to come in Scotland, he said but the weather has been kind so far.

‘The cycling through western Scotland has been brilliant – I’ve been treated to unexpectedly good weather, making my challenge all the more enjoyable,’ added Harry, who was previously part of a team event rowing round Britain.

‘Some of the hills have been tough, but Cornwall and Devon proved good training for it.

‘It’s been great meeting some of the crews up here, who have all been very enthusiastic and grateful for what I’m taking on, which is a great boost for my morale.’

Harry stopped off at Mallaig lifeboat station before catching the ferry over to Skye to reach Portree, cycling back over the bridge and into the wilds and up to Thurso.

To find out more and see a tracker following Harry’s progress visit gblifeboatcycle.com