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Chickerell man breaks motocross world record
A DAD from Chickerell has made history by breaking a world record.
After months of training, Paul Oughton has broken the record for the furthest distance travelled on a motocross bike in 24 hours.
Paul began the ride at midday on Tuesday at the Rogershill Raceway, Bere Regis with friends and family there to cheer him on.
After breaking the record at 4.15am yesterday, Paul then kept travelling until midday to get as far as possible.
Former youth motocross champion Paul rode a total distance of 565km, or 351 miles, whilst stopping every 50 minutes for a short refuelling break.
The previous world record was 426.96km, or 265.3 miles, and was set by Perry Pritchard in 2010.
Paul said his 17-month-old son Cian had been a big inspiration to taking on the challenge.
He added: “Breaking the world record was an amazing feeling. I took a break and got back on my bike at half six, trying to go as far as I could.
“It’s been a lot of work and I’ve been training four times a week if not more, but there’s been a lot of fun along the way too.
“I had breaks every hour which kept me determined and fresh on my bike.
“When I finished the ride at midday all my family and friends were waiting to welcome me home.”
He was joined for part of the journey by three times Motocross world champion Dave Thorpe and four times British champion Stephen Sword.
Paul added: “Dave Thorpe was my hero as a kid so riding with him was excellent. The whole experience has been fantastic.”
The event was held to raise money for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation.
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