Burnley man’s 500-mile unicycle ride in mum’s memory

Connor Caple with volunteers from Pendleside Hospice (s)
Connor Caple with volunteers from Pendleside Hospice (s)

A BURNLEY man is set to travel 500 miles on a unicycle to raise money for charity in memory of his mum.

Mr Connor Caple (53), of Helston Close, will aim to complete the massive challenge in six months to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice.

He hopes to cover 500 miles in six months on his unicycle, which he has only been learning to ride since January, as a tribute to Sheila Caple.

Mr Caple, who is a full-time carer for his wife Lindy, is determined to cover the miles on his unicycle between April 1st and the beginning of October.

He will ride the unicycle on personal and organised rides to reach his 500-mile goal, including a 40-mile Manchester to Liverpool ride and the first National Unicycle Race in Horwich.

He is hoping that the climax of his challenge will be the Mary Towneley Loop, which is an off-road mountain bike trail covering 47 miles of the Pennines, between Worsthorne and Littleborough.

Mr Caple is continuing to practise before his challenge begins and can currently reach top speeds of 10mph.

He said: “I wanted to do something different for charity, that’s why I decided I would learn to ride a unicycle. The first few weeks were very hard and I didn’t think I would be able to ride a mile never mind 500. I started my practice on Scott Park tennis courts, which was perfect until it was windy.

“I like a challenge and once got asked to join the circus because I could play football on stilts. I can currently ride for a mile without stopping or falling off, so with a bit more practice I’m sure I will be able to ride in a marathon.”

Pendleside Hospice fund-raiser Samantha Bracewell added: “I think Connor’s Wheelie Daft Unicycle Challenge is absolutely brilliant.

“I can’t think of anyone else who has fund-raised for us by doing this before. I’m very impressed that he has picked up the talent so fast and for that he definitely needs recognition.”

To sponsor Mr Caple visit www.justgiving.com/WheelieDaft.