Milton Keynes biker returns after trip around the UK’s coastline

mpmc John Wallis back at Milton Keynes Museum

mpmc John Wallis back at Milton Keynes Museum

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One speeding ticket, one lost bag and wallet, and one circumnavigation of the entire British coast all added up to £4,000 being raised for Sports Relief.

Vintage biker John Wallis returned to his starting point at Milton Keynes Museum on Sunday, after his five-day trip on a 90-year-old bike.

The 65 year old’s challenge began on 25 June, when he left the museum on a motorbike that was made in the year Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun and which was unearthed from a back garden by his father in the 1960s.

And his speeding ticket and the occasional lost items were the only hiccups on his fundraising trek.

John said: “I’m really embarrassed about getting a ticket but I haven’t got a speedometer, so I usually tell my speed from the traffic around me.

“The north-west of Scotland was the bit I was most looking forward to but I loved north Cornwall and the Welsh coast from St David’s to Aberystwyth was great.

“Would I do it again? Yes – when the bike reaches its 100th birthday. I’ll go round the other way!”

 

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