Speedway legend to help charity

Retired speedway champion Barry Briggs MBE is to raise funds for Sport Relief on an epic ride across the UK - despite recently turning 75.

New Zealander Mr Briggs - who won the world speedway crown four times before retiring in 1976 - is to ride from John o'Groats in Scotland to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for July 10, in time for the British Speedway GP.

Mr Briggs will be accompanied by some notable names from motorcycling as he rides his Yamaha WR250R along mostly green lanes. He will also be visiting a number of speedway tracks on his trip.

He hopes to raise a total of £120,000 for 12 speedway riders who are now in wheelchairs as a result of racing crashes with charity bosses confirming that a proportion of the money raised will go to Sport Relief.

Fans can keep up to date with Mr Briggs' progress or make a donation to his journey total at www.briggo.net, his official website and blog.

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