“I gave Guinness World Records all the evidence I could provide so if they said ‘no’ there was nothing else I could do,” Thoday told the BBC. “I certainly wouldn’t be doing it again anyway. It was just so hard.
Thoday compared the preparations for the challenge to a “full-time job on top of having a full-time job”. The teaching assistant has been riding penny farthings for 10 years and even designed the one he broke the record on.
“It was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life but definitely a one off. It took 10 months out of my life and lots of support from my wife. I felt very relieved when I had the record confirmed.”