Coast to coast, and back again

Tim Hurford on the second leg of his double coast-to-coast challenge (S)
Tim Hurford on the second leg of his double coast-to-coast challenge (S)

A FORMER Ripon Grammar School student has arrived back on the east coast after physical challenge that saw him cross England twice in only eight days.

Tim Hurford, 31, grew up in Ripon and was head boy at the Grammar School.

He set off from Robin Hood’s Bay on Saturday, September 10 and cycled the coast to coast route to St Bees in Cumbria, before turning round and running straight back.

On the second day of his trip Tim found himself cycling head-first into the gales that battered the country as it was hit b the end of Hurricaine Katia.

By the time he arrived in Robin Hood’s Bay he had covered 350 miles on bike and on foot.

After taking two days to cycle the route Tim spent six days running west to east, averaging 32 miles a days to complete the 192 mile journey.

Tim’s father Mike supported him on the trip, driving a camper van along the route to meet him at the end of each day.

He said he is very proud of his son’s “fantastic” acheivement.

“He ran his guts out over the mountains and hills – it was a real challenge.”

Four weeks before setting off Tim decided to ask for sponsorship and so far has raised £1800 for Parkinsons UK.

After losing his grandfather to Parkinsons and with two other family members diagnosed with the disease he wants to raise as much money as possible to support research into a cure.

To sponsor him online go to