In 1603, an English courtier called Sir Robert Carey rode from London to Edinburgh in just three days to tell James VI of Scotland that Queen Elizabeth had died. Even in its day, it was quite a remarkable achievement. Now, a telecoms specialist from Innerleithan has set himself the challenge of matching that time, this time travelling from Edinburgh to London. With the full support of his family and colleagues at Veecom Systems, Stuart Potter will set off from a business networking breakfast in Leith, heading first for Darlington and then Loughborough before aiming for Tower Bridge. The Caledonian Mercury met him on a training ride in the Borders.