Industry worker plans world record cycling attempt for charity

Simon Atkinson, the funeral service operative team leader at Dillistone Funeral Service in Worthing, will this summer attempt to break a cycling world record in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

On 5 July, Simon will fly to Malaga in Spain to attempt the Guinness World Record for the fastest cycle across Europe.

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Beginning in Tarifa, Spain’s southernmost point, Simon’s 4,000-mile cycling challenge will see him average 140 miles per day as he rides across Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Finland, before finishing in Nordkapp in Norway, Europe’s most northerly point.

The current world record stands at 39 days, but Simon is hopeful of completing the route in 28.

To sponsor Simon, please send a cheque made payable to ‘Dignity Funerals Ltd Charity Account’, to Dillistone Funeral Service, 191 South Farm Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 7TW. Alternatively, you can text GWRA74 plus the amount to 70700 or donate online at

Simon’s progress can be followed on Facebook via his ‘Race to the Land of the Midnight Sun’ page, on Twitter @Sijatkinson or on the website

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