THEATRE Royal manager and Bradley Wiggins wannabe Philip Bernays spent a large part of Sunday making a personal and gruelling contribution to the venue’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
We’ll let him tell the story:
“In what is I hope the last of the Theatre Royal's 175th Birthday celebrations, yesterday I cycled 175 miles.
“No reason other than I thought I would see if I could do it (I didn't tell anyone in advance in case I couldn't) and it seemed like a good idea at the time. And I did it – overcast with the odd shower but only a breeze (that's North East parlance for wind).
“Ate an awful lot of energy bars plus a delicious chicken and bacon pasta salad I’d prepared in advance. Oh, and a muffin at one point. But then I did burn 9,200 calories.
“Took 11 hours 2 minutes, though that includes 22 minutes of stops (food and natural relief) so 10 hours 40 mins cycling time, which is an average speed of 16.4 miles an hour.
“I had worked out a 40-mile loop (Pegswood to Alnmouth) that was only gently undulating, so no big hills, which meant I could tick them off as I went round it four times, and then a short loop to finish.
“Third loop was the hardest (it's all psychological) but all in all wasn't actually as bad as I had thought – but, no, I was not tempted to carry on at the end!
“Here is a picture – and a close-up if you can’t read the computer.
“Yes – my rear is a bit tender…”