Video: All in the MIND, a long distance cycle ride for charity

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.

To follow Stuart’s progress as he makes his epic ride, go to his website and you can sponsor him here

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David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.