Four years ago James Hillier rode the length of the UK in two days, now he’s attempting to do it in 20 hours on his Honda Cub90.
The challenge will see Hillier and a group of school friends - albeit now all in their late 30’s - ride through the night from their starting point in John o’Groats, stopping only for fuel in their bid to be back to Land’s End and in the nearest Cornish pub for last orders on Saturday 13th November.
The adventure plans to raise funds for CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably - with all donated funds going directly to the charity, as the trip is being completely self funded by the lads taking part.
Hillier was last seen in action at Cadwell Park back in August after stepping in at the last minute for Kyle Ride at Rich Energy OMG Racing after a Thursday evening test session left the BSB rider with a broken heel.
“The Honda Cub 90 is coming back out for another charity ride on the 13th of November,” Hillier announced on his YouTube channel.
“Me and some old school friends are going to be riding John o’Groats down to Land’s End on these slightly standard engine but modified with fuel capacity. The plan is to do this in under 20 hours to raise some money for a charity called CALM which is Campaign Against Living Miserably - a mental health and suicide charity support service which does some great things.
“If we can, I don’t want to say raise awareness of mental health, I think it is an issue we all are aware of and probably likely that we have all been in some way connected with somebody affected from or has committed suicide or suffers from mental health issues. So I would like to try and normalise talking about mental health, it affects everybody in certain ways and obviously some more than others. So if we can support that and make it a little bit more normal and easier for people or for people to feel better about talking about things then that would be great. And to raise some money for the charity along the way would also be good.
“We’re going to be doing the ride on the 13th of November, which is a Saturday, with a tracking system so people can follow our progress and it would be really great if people could join us along the way,” he continued. “We’re not going to be going super quick on these but we won’t be stopping for pictures either - it’s going to be getting from A to B as quickly as possible.
“We’re leaving John o’Groats at 2am and the plan is to be at Land’s End and back to the pub for last orders around 10pm. 20 hours, which is doable, provided we don’t get any problems. From today it’s only three weeks, so I’ve still got quite a bit to do!
“Please donate if you can.”