A retired vicar who is believed to have been the oldest person to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats has been given a top civic award in his home town for his epic fundraising challenge.

His efforts in cycling 1,100 miles for good causes has seen Peter Langford, 90, being recognised by Beccles Town Council at its annual awards event.

Mr Langford was handed the Robert (Bob) Ellwood Plate for Outstanding Service in the Community for his fundraising cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Access Community Trust and the Salvation Army.

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With three children and six grandchildren, Mr Langford had spent months training for the cycling challenge, which started in August.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The mayor of Beccles presents Peter Langford with his awardThe mayor of Beccles presents Peter Langford with his award (Image: Beccles Town Council)

Although he suffers from arthritic knees, which sometimes makes walking difficult, Mr Langford said he feels 30 years younger on a bike.

He was joined by his family across his epic challenge.

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On completing it he had said: “You don’t achieve these things with your legs. You achieve them with your mind.”

It was the fourth time that Mr Langford has completed the cross country ride, as he had cycled it when he was 75, 80 and 85.

He has raised more than £60,000 for good causes across the four rides.

The Beccles Town Council awards ceremony also saw Sophie Newell awarded the Eileen Crisp Award for Youth for her work training and mentoring younger Sea Cadets.

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Sophie Newell receives her award from the mayor of BecclesSophie Newell receives her award from the mayor of Beccles (Image: Beccles Town Council)

She joined the Sea Cadets aged 10 in 2017 and now supports recruits aged nine to 11 and acts as a role model for them.

The awards were presented by Beccles mayor Christine Wheeler.

After the award ceremony, the two delighted recipients of the awards and their guests enjoyed a buffet provided by Baileys Delicatessen.