Duncan Codd, 14, has just completed 26.2 miles on a unicycle around the lanes of Sussex and Hampshire. Managing a time of just under 4 hours, he negotiated steep climbs and descents in his attempt to raise £1000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
A keen sailor, Duncan has a Topper dinghy which he races in the sea off Felpham near Bognor Regis so was keen to raise money for a charity close to his heart. “The RNLI often help out at our regatta events, their work is essential in keeping amateur sailors safe” says Duncan. “RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards saved over 400 lives in 2011, over 80% of these were leisure craft or beach users, therefore their work is vital to anyone who enjoys the sea as much as I do.”
Duncan learned to ride a unicycle at a circus skills club at Bohunt School in 2010. Since then he has diversified into other unicycle disciplines including Unicycle Hockey (playing for Horsham Unicycle Hockey Addicts) and Muni (like mountain biking but on a unicycle) with IWheel, a group of unicyclists from all over the South East of England.
He has been in training for his marathon ride since January, clocking up 10-15 mile rides most weekends. He also cycles to and from school at Bohunt and is a familiar figure riding along Haslemere Road in Liphook.
Current funds raised stand at just over £850. Anyone wishing to sponsor Duncan can do so by going to www.virginmoneygiving.com/unicycledunk
Contact details: Duncan Codd, 077 4046 1965 / 01428 722037
ONE BOY – ONE WHEEL – 20,000 REVOLUTIONS