Category Archives: Sport

Sport related posts including motorsport and cycling

Being videoed for a new LEJOG DVD

Cycling LEJOG

For our story of our LEJOG trip, click Cycling Lands End to John O’Groats

In 2003 I, along with 3 friends, cycled LEJOG, Lands End to John O’Groats, one end of the British mainland to the other over a distance of 1066 miles for our particular route. A fabulous journey I would recommend anybody to do. So I was surprised and flattered to be asked 9 years later to be interviewed and filmed for a new DVD to be produced about LEJOG and the route we used.


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The Adventure Eyes Monster Ride is Coming Through!

On New Year’s Day 2011, Sian Belfield, Emily Morissey and Kate Ryley decided this was the year for a challenge. What started as a slightly hungover New Year’s pact has quickly evolved into a big event with increasing momentum. Now the three ladies are about to embark on the ride of their summer, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cycling over 900miles and up to 90miles a day, they will be pushing themselves to the limit for Mountain Rescue England and Wales.


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Motorsport is a dangerous sport. – Torbay Classic Car Trial 2011

Yesterday was the Torbay Motor Club’s (TMC) 2011 Torbay Classic Car Trial event. 90 motorcycles and car’s took part which fortunately didn’t require the services of the Devon Air Ambulance this year ( See my following blogpost on the 2010 event.)  – although at one stage we thought it might be needed but more of that later. 

ACTC Torbay Classic Car Trial 2011

(Photo: Mike Chatwin creating an atmosphere on Wooston Steep)

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The 2011 Exmoor Classic Car Trial

Sunday January 30th and I join Keith on another ACTC Trial. This time the 2011 Exmoor Classic Car Trial run by North Devon Motor Club. 


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Who in their right mind would cycle 75,000 Miles in 1 year? Well Tommy Godwin did in 1939

Since posting the article below, I have found Dave Barter and I recommend having a read of his blog. Plenty of great cycling reading.

Dave’s blog.  Furthermore Dave has recently come into possession of Tommy’s bike and you can read about how he did, and see a picture of the bike on Dave’s blog post.

In a diversion from my normal blog ramblings, I thought I would share the following article with you that was brought to my attention by John Speedie. Written by Dave Barter for the June 2005 issue of the CTC Magazine “Cycle”, it tells the story of Tommy Godwin, a professional cyclist who cycled more than 75,000 miles in 1939! An incredible feat that remains a record to this day, and unlikely ever to be repeated. I felt that Tommy’s record deserved to be shared with a wider audience so I have reproduced Dave’s original article below.  I wonder if the idea for this record attempt came to fruition over a pint or two of London Pride?

Tommy Godwin



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Put me back on my bike

Four go cycling in the Alpes

In 2003, Keith, Mark and I cycled Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). It was a fantastic experience and one we all really enjoyed. At the finish – beer involved probably – we talked about what we would like to do as a new challenge and tackling some of the classic Tour De France climbs you see those lycra clad nutters cycle over every July came up in conversation. This year is Keith’s 50th birthday so what better excuse do we need to put the talk into action.


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Trialing in the mud of the Forest of Dean

Today has been a beautiful day. The sun has been shining and the air has been warm. Perfect for a day spent in the Forest of Dean, in an open top trials car competing in the annual Kyrle Classic Car Trial.

This link is to the playlist of 6 videos from the day. 4 taken from inside the car, 1 video of Adrian Dommett in his Wolseley Hornet, and another of a chap in a Mk1 Ford Escort.

Today has been a good day.

Devon Air Ambulance to the rescue

Torbay car trial competitor rescued

A friend of mine has competed in Classic Car trials for a number of years. I have frequently been his navigator as we have enjoyed days out across the South West and beyond in his Schmitar SS1 trying to battle our way through the mud and water in our quest towards the finish line.

Devon Air Ambulance landing at the Torbay Classic car trial

Devon Air Ambulance landing at the Torbay Classic car trial

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