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World record breaking cyclist Leigh Timmis urged pupils at Derby High Primary to follow their dreams.
Leigh talked to pupils in Years 5 and 6 as part of a tour of schools after he cycled through 10 countries in 16 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes.
He pedalled 4,000 miles in total and shaved eight days off the previous world record which stood at 24 days.
Leigh said: “A lot of people are scared to step out of their comfort zone but if there’s something that you believe in and you want to do then you should just do it. It’s the most amazing thing.
“When I finished I realised it wasn’t about the destination it was about the journey it took to get there. I hit my limits so many times and I’d gone through such an amazing experience and I achieved something that I never thought I could do.”
Leigh also talked about the moment when he came off his bike and injured his leg.
He said: “I thought that was it but I had first aid on my leg and went straight back out. I made a choice at that point about who I wanted to be. I decided I was going to try for the world record as best I could and after that I had the best four hours on the bike so far and got to the next country ahead of schedule.”
Teacher Miss Baker said everyone felt inspired by Leigh’s talk. “We followed Leigh’s epic world record breaking adventure online and so it was great to meet him in person. He’s an inspirational person who has left a lasting impression on the children. We look forward to following his next adventure.”
14th December 2018BACK