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Disabled army veteran smashes 1,000 mile scooter world record

19th June 2015

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

A world record was broken by a 42-year-old Army Corporal last month, as he travelled from one end of Britain to the other on a mobility scooter. On 20th May 2015, Andy McIntosh achieved the ‘Fastest Journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End on an Electric Mobility Vehicle’, which saw him cover 1,000 miles in just 16 days and eight hours.

This means he beat the previous record by an impressive eight days and one hour, using his 8mph mobility scooter, which was the same model as used by BBC Top Gear presenters in one of the programme’s challenges.

This feat is sure to have inspired many people who are dependent on mobility aids such as stairlifts, showing just what can be achieved, no matter your level of mobility. Not only did Mr McIntosh complete the impressive 1,000-mile trek, but he also beat the previous Guinness World Record by an incredible eight days and one hour.

The journey was completed in order to raise money for a number of military charities, which included Soldiers Off The Streets.

An epic achievement completed using a mobility aid

Throughout the journey, Mr McIntosh was met by support vehicles at various points, in order to provide technical check-ups and battery changes. The scooter regularly managed 30 miles before a need for a change of battery, which is very impressive. One part of the journey in particular saw the scooter travel 74 miles in just one day, when travelling from Crewe to Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Parts of the route included uneven terrain, and extreme weather was experienced during certain periods of the expedition.

In an article by THIIS, Mr McIntosh is quoted: “The last 16 days have been breath-taking for me – I have seen such amazing and varied scenery and met some remarkable people. I can honestly say I have found this challenge so much easier than I thought it would be.”

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