Beaumont sets British record for distance on penny farthing in an hour

Endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont has set a British record for the furthest distance travelled on a penny farthing in an hour.

The 35-year-old, who was born in Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, covered 21.91 miles (35.2 kilometres) on the larger-than-life bicycle at the Herne Hill Velodrome in London on Friday.

He beat the English record of 21.1 miles (34km), which was set in 1891 at the same location.

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But he was shy of setting a new world record - which has stood for 132 years - by around around 300 yards (274 metres).

In September, Mr Beaumont became the fastest person to cycle 18,000 miles around the world.