Tim will race across America

Tim Richardson in training for Race Across America
Tim Richardson in training for Race Across America
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A former naval officer plans to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes by taking part in a gruelling 3,000-mile cycle ride across the United States.

Tim Richardson, who will set off from California at midday on Tuesday will have to complete the Race Across America in 12 days.

The 50-year-old financial consultant, said: “Help for Heroes is a great charity. Having been in the Falklands in 1982 and seen the damage they (troops) suffer and the challenges they face when they leave, I know the support the charity provides is invaluable.

“Particularly after Iraq and Afghanistan there are large numbers who need their help.

“In America there is a huge regard for the forces and there are very good systems in place to help them. That does not seem to be the case in the UK. Help for Heroes does a wonderful job which is why I’m quite keen to support them.”

His proud dad John, from Lea View, in Ryhall, said: “Tim’s mantra is ‘I want to leave the world a better place’.

“As an officer in the Navy he was among those who helped raise a lot of money for charity. When he came out and changed his occupation he felt he was in a position to continue with the fund raising.”

Tim, a former Stamford resident, who now lives in Seaham in Sunderland, has been in training in Scotland and in Rutland since August.

He said: “All my family live in the Stamford area, so when ever I visit I cycle around Rutland Water which is a great place to train.”

His training also involved cycling to every gold post box - painted to commemorate the 2012 Olympic gold medallists - across Scotland.

Race Across America will see solo riders and teams, which includes a relay team comprising Pippa Middleton and her brother James (siblings of the Duchess of Cambridge), take on the gruelling route. They will pass through 13 states including the Arizona desert in 55C heat - the toughest leg of the race, according to Tim - the Rockies and past the Grand Canyon, finishing in Washington DC.

Tim had to complete the first leg of the endurance race in 2011 by cycling 860 miles in order to qualify for Race Across America.

He said: “No Briton over 50 has ever made it. It is very very tough. If I succeed I will set a record.”

Only six Britons of any age have ever completed the race.