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Honour for world record-breaking men from Guiseley
A man who pushed endurance to the limits by running and cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just over six days has been presented with a world record gold medal.
Andy North, of Guiseley, led a team of Yorkshiremen who raised £50,000 for war veterans by running 26.2 miles daily and then covering a further 100 miles by bike on the same day.
The Ultra 6 team battled sweltering conditions to complete their gruelling challenge in July and to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Forces’ Children’s’ Trust.
Three of the team – Andy North, Mick Bowden and Ben Wood – set a world record time of six days, 16hrs 30mins when they crossed the line.
Now the team have linked up with Welcome to Yorkshire, the county’s official tourism agency, to promote fitness throughout the county, and their achievements have been officially recognised as a world record.
A team of six runners and cyclists set out on July 14 in Cornwall to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Forces’ Children’s’ Trust.
They were aided on route by Cpl Andy Reid, formerly of 3 Yorks, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Andy North said: “Andy provided such motivation for the team throughout the last three days, particularly at the top of Scotland.
“We trained for months for this specialist record breaking event – but we are not professional athletes. Our message to Yorkshire is that you too can get fit – at whatever level you are at – just little changes over a period of time make a bit difference to how you feel at home and at work.”
Andy and the team received their official World Record certificates from the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray, who hosted a welcome home party for the outfit.
Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire, presented a gold medal to Andy at the company’s headquarters in Leeds.
Andy added: “We want to continue the Ultra6 brand to help promote health and wellbeing around the Yorkshire area and to encourage people to get fit and to get outdoors with the aim of helping people to discover for themselves what added motivation an improved level of fitness can give.”