Record ride from Northamptonshire headmaster

Pitsford headmaster  Noel Toone
Pitsford headmaster Noel Toone

A headteacher has set a new record after cycling nearly 370 miles in a time trial.

Noel Toone, headmaster at Pitsford School, set a club record in the National Championship 24 Hour Time Trial (TT), hosted by Mersey Roads Club. He cycled 368.33 miles.

Finishing in 40th place, Noel set a new record for Kettering Cycling Club.

A 24-hour Time Trial is the longest standard TT race run in the UK.

Unlike most Time Trials, the 24-hour is not based on how quickly a competitor can ride a certain distance, but how far they can ride in a certain time.

The championship has run annually since 1937, except during the Second World War.

Competitors can cycle up to 537 miles, nearly 200 miles further than the distance between London and Glasgow and longer than a single stage of the Tour de France.

Having successfully completed the Windsor-Chester-Windsor 600km audax in May, Noel also qualified for the Paris-Brest-Paris event, which took place between last Sunday, August 16 and today, Thursday, August 20.

First run in 1891, the Paris-Brest-Paris race is the oldest event of its kind and was the inspiration for the Tour de France.

It is now organised every four years as a 1,200km Randonneur event and Noel was one of over 6,000 cyclists taking part in this journey.

Involving more than 65 different nationalities, cyclists have a maximum of 90 hours to complete the challenge on French roads from Paris to Brest and back.

Cycling enthusiast, Mr Toone, can regularly be seen cycling the 28 miles to Pitsford School from his home in Oundle.

In March this year, he arranged for Pitsford School to become a regional centre for the national charity Charlotte’s Tandems.

Charlotte’s Tandems lend, at no cost, tandems and tag-alongs to people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so they too can enjoy cycling.

To find out more about the charity, visit