The rules for the challenge have been set by Guinness World Records

 

Rules

Record definition

  • This record is for the oldest person to cycle between John O'Groats and Land's End (or vice versa) via any land route.
  • This record is to be attempted by an individual.
  • The record is measured by age of the participant, measured in years and days to when the individual completes the attempt.
  • John O'Groats and Land's End are the further northern and south points of UK Mainland

Rules for Oldest person to cycle from Land's End to John-O'-Groats

  1. The route to be followed should be clearly marked on maps of a suitable scale or GPS printouts.
  2. A copy of the birth certificate of the person must be submitted with the record claim. If the person has been married a copy of the marriage certificate is also required.
  3. It is up to the challenger to choose a commercially available cycle most suited to setting this record. No distinctions will be made between various types and models of cycle. The same cycle must be used throughout the entire attempt. Repairs, such as tire replacement, chain replacement, etc. can be made, but the frame must remain the same. If the cycle is damaged beyond repair, video and photo evidence and an explanation of what happened must be submitted. It is at the discretion of Guinness World Records to decide if the reason is accepted and if it is not accepted, the claim will be rejected.
  4. Drafting: During the attempt, the challenger is not allowed the aid of drafting. If the challenger is travelling with a support vehicle or other rider(s), the challenger MUST remain a minimum distance of 5 bicycle lengths from the support vehicle or any other rider(s). The challenger must not travel next to the support vehicle or any other rider(s) throughout the attempt. If this rule is not followed, the challenger’s attempt will be disqualified.
  5. The name of the person making the attempt must be given, along with the date and place.
  6. The event should take place in a public place or in a venue open to public inspection.
  7. Witness Book: Any attempt must take place in view of the public, wherever possible, and a book made available for independent witnesses to sign. The book should be set up so that the following details can be included for each potential witness: a) Date & Time; b) Location; c) Name, and d) Signature. For solo and unsupported attempts, we appreciate that it might not be possible to gain an unbroken line of witnesses for the attempt, but one should try to obtain as many as possible. For an attempt, which is supported by a backup team, we would expect it to be possible to gain sufficient numbers of independent witnesses to enable verification for the entire duration of the attempt. Where possible, local dignitaries and police should be sought to sign the book.
  8. The participant must submit a Log Book with the record claim. This book should give an adequate description of the event and full details of the participant(s) daily/overall performance. It must be clear from the book the exact start and finish points of each leg of the attempt, the exact start and finish times and calculation of daily and total distances traveled. All rest breaks or stoppages for whatever reason must also be fully detailed in the log.
  9. Failure to include the required documentation will ultimately delay the outcome of your claim or lead to its rejection.

Rules for 'place to place' records

Please make sure you follow ALL these rules: 

a.    Accurate professional equipment e.g. GPS tracking equipment (and associated printout) must be used and .kml files (on a disc or USB flash drive) must be sent in as part of the evidence required. Sending in any other type of file will ultimately delay the outcome of your claim or lead to its rejection. 
b.    Details of how the distances have been calculated must be given before the attempt starts so Guinness World Records can confirm these measurements are correct. 
c.    Although this record is awarded for the fastest time from point A to point B, the mileage covered must also be submitted – it is up to the participant to choose the most suitable or shortest route between these two points. 
d.    The clock starts the moment the participant crosses the starting line and does not stop until they reach their goal. 
e.    Each leg of the journey must start at the exact point at which the last leg ended. 
f.    Note that no distinction will be made between supported and unsupported journeys. 
g.    As a general rule, the participant should not remain stationary (i.e. if he/she does not make any progress towards his/her destination) for longer than 14 days. Any delays longer than this should have a very good reason (e.g. injury) and must be accounted for to Guinness World Records. Note that delays that cannot be reasonably justified may result in disqualification. 
h.    All measurements must be given in both metric and imperial terms. 

WITNESS REQUIREMENTS

•    The role of an independent witness is to confirm that they observed the claimant undertaking the record attempt in the manner set out by the guidelines. Independent witnesses must be made aware of all specific guidelines in order to confirm that all have been adhered to. 
•    A witness book must be made available for independent witnesses to sign. The book should be set up so that each witness includes their name, the location, the date and time, their signature and their email address or phone number. For an attempt, which is supported by a backup team, we would expect it to be possible to gain sufficient numbers of independent witnesses to enable verification for the entire duration of the attempt. Where possible, local dignitaries and police should be sought to sign the book

LOG BOOK REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must complete a log book, giving a description of the event and details of the participant(s) daily/overall performances. It must be clear from the book the exact start and finish points of each leg of the attempt, the exact start and finish times and calculation of daily and total distances travelled. All rest breaks or stoppages for whatever reason must also be fully detailed in the log. Wherever possible, entries in the logbook should be signed and dated by independent witnesses along the route (e.g. hotel staff, police, shop owners etc.) Receipts for purchases and services may also be collected as an additional form of proof. 

Please make sure you supply the following evidence: 

•    One cover letter explaining the context and full details of the record attempt. Please indicate the exact start and finish locations of your attempt, start and finish dates and times, your chosen witnesses and your record attempt measurement. Also please provide full details of the person attempting the record including details on age, nationality, background and preparation for the attempt. 
•    A Witness book as described in “Witness Requirements”. 
•    A Log book as described above in “Log Book Requirements” 
•    GPS printout (and .kml files) as requested above. 
•    The entire attempt should be filmed. For times up to one hour, we expect the entire attempt to be submitted on video. For events longer than this, a 'highlights package' will be acceptable but must include the following points: 
       a)     Footage of the start of the attempt
        b)    Two minutes footage every hour (For events longer than 48 hours, 10 minutes footage per 24 hours will be acceptable) 
        c)    Any points where the claimant takes a break - a clock or timer must be visible on screen, but not the camcorder's own time display
        d)    The point at which the record is broken
        e)    The end of the attempt
•    Photographic evidence is required for this attempt. The beginning and end of the attempt should be photographed, as well as the challenger alongside any notable landmarks en route. 
•    Schedule 2 should be signed by you when you are sending in evidence which you either own or have permission to allow Guinness World Records to use. 
•    If you include any photographs or video in your evidence which you do not own or have permission to allow Guinness World Records to use, then you must include Schedule 3. 
•    Media articles (newspaper, online, TV or radio) can be submitted as part of the evidence requirements. This is not compulsory evidence. 
   
Please read the Guide to Your Evidence document, where you will find further information about the evidence requirements and evidence templates. It is paramount this document is read before you submit your evidence.

Evidence checklist

  • Witness statement 1
  • Witness statement 2
  • Gps data (.kml files)
  • Log book
  • Schedule 2 (signed)
  • Schedule 3 (signed)
  • Media articles
  • Cover Letter
  • Photographic Evidence