Charity cyclist’s 4,000 mile coastal journey

David Collings in Blackpool on his 4,000-mile bike ride around the British coastline.
David Collings in Blackpool on his 4,000-mile bike ride around the British coastline.
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A BUSINESSMAN from Sheffield took the scenic route when he decided to cycle around Britain, completing an epic 4,000-mile bike ride along the country’s coastline.

David Collings, aged 54, from Aston, spent six weeks riding the huge distance to raise over £1,000 for research into ME, as well as for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

David, a director at playground equipment firm Timberplay, based on Nursery Street, planned to cycle 100 miles every day, but some days exceeded even that target, said his daughter Georgina Collings, 25.

“It was pretty epic,” she said. “We’re absolutely proud of him, this has been such a massive thing and he’s done it on his own.”

Georgina said her dad caught the long-distance cycling bug last year when he rode from Edinburgh to London in a week. She added: “After that he said he was going to cycle round the country.

He’s only been a cyclist for a couple of years, he’s not always been into it at all.”

She said her dad was inspired to take on the challenge after watching a BBC documentary by cyclist Mark Beaumont, who sent David a personal message of encouragement while he was on his trip.

“That really spurred him on,” she added.

David decided to raise money for Action for ME after his wife Carole, 51, came down with the debilitating virus earlier this year.

The illness – also called chronic fatigue syndrome – leaves sufferers feeling extremely tired.

“It’s really impacted the family quite a bit, so this is dad’s way of trying to help,” said Georgina.

We’re all just so proud of him.”

She also said her dad has had to combat tyre punctures as well as the unpredictable Scottish summer weather on his journey.

“He’s really endured a lot!”

Visit to donate money to his charity efforts.