PETER Bull will take a break from looking after Sheffield’s traffic control system this month to ride more than 2,000 miles around Britain on a 125cc motorcycle.
He is aiming to mark his 60th birthday by raising money for the charity Golden Futures, which helps disadvantaged Cambodian children make a future for themselves when they leave care homes.
The charity was set up by his son Joseph, aged 24, a former pupil at King Edward V11 School, on his return from working at a children’s home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during his gap year.
Peter, who is the council’s traffic information and control manager and lives in Upperthorpe, is taking annual leave to undertake the Compass Points Challenge, which starts on September 19.
He will visit the furthest north, south, east and west points on the British mainland and plans to complete the trip in less than two weeks.
Avoiding motorways, he will ride for about six hours each day. The journey will follow an anti-clockwise route from Sheffield to Dunnet Head and Ardnamurchan Point in Scotland, the Lizard in Cornwall and Lowestoft Ness in Suffolk, before returning to Sheffield.
The small 125cc motorcycle is the kind used as everything from the family car to a delivery truck in Cambodia. There is no state funding in Cambodia for students leaving school, so all training and further education depends on family support. Children leaving care homes cannot get such support and face a bleak and impoverished future
A blog about preparations for the trip which Peter will update as he travels is //compasspointchallenge.blogspot.com.