A 90-YEAR-OLD cyclist has stopped off in Peeblesshire as he attempts a record-breaking journey from one end of the country to the other.

Peter Langford celebrated his birthday shortly before setting out from Land’s End for John O’Groats on Monday, August 21.

The retired priest is hoping the 1,100-mile adventure will raise £50,000 to split between homeless charities The Salvation Army and Access Community Trust.

Mr Langford, of Beccles in Suffolk, arrived in Innerleithen for an overnight stop on Monday (September 11) having travelled from Langholm.

He then set off for Edinburgh from the Borders on Tuesday.

Mr Langford said: “As a way of saying ‘thank you’ for having a home to live in, I am cycling 1,100 miles via The Lizard and Dunnet Head, the most southerly and northerly points in Britain and on to John O’Groats, arriving on September 21.

“I did the cycle five years ago and raised over £25,000 for charity. This time I hope to raise £50,000 for the homeless. I would greatly value your sponsorship if you are able.

“If I manage it I may well be the oldest person to have done this end-to-end cycle.”

Mr Langford has completed the mammoth end-to-end challenge on three occasions – at the ages of 75, 80, 85 – raising more than £58,000 for charity in the process.

He is around the halfway point to his £50,000 target.

If you want to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/peterlangford