From Harrogate to Edinburgh - by bike

Rob Auld
Rob Auld

A DETERMINED cyclist from Harrogate completed an extraordinary 204 mile bike ride from Harrogate to Edinburgh raising more than £5000 for a charity that supports families devastated by stillbirth.

Rob Auld, 33, a civil engineer who lives at Alderson Road in the town, took on the challenge for SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) after seeing first hand the support the charity offers.

Rob said: “I wanted a challenge to raise money for something personal.

“SANDS were a tremendous support when one of my friends was devastated by the death of her baby only a week or so before her due date.

“Like most people I didn’t think stillbirth still happened.”

Just to add to the challenge, which covered a distance comparable to seven marathons, Rob decided to do it on a bike he bought from ebay for less than £100.

Rob set off on the solo cycle on midsummer weekend, leaving Harrogate at 7pm on Friday, June 24 and aiming to reach Edinburgh within 24 hours.

After completing the first 50 miles relatively quickly, Rob found himself riding through rain and bar a break along the way where family had stopped to cheer him on, he found things tough going, eventually crossing the border into Scotland around 6am.

After a kind cafe owner opened to serve him breakfast, Rob got back on his bike for the final stretch, his dad and brother joining him, arriving in Edinburgh 19 hours after he had set off , and was welcomed by his whole family.

Rob is still taking donations for the bike ride at