Brian Back to Pedal Power after 47 Years

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Brian Back to Pedal Power after 47 Years


Byline: By Julia Kennard

A millionaire who last rode a bike 47 years ago as an errand boy is finally climbing back into the saddle to cycle hundreds of miles for charity.

Brian Burnie, who owns Doxford Hall in Northumberland, last pedalled for fun as a 13-year-old delivering groceries in the West End of Newcastle for 10 shillings a day.

The now successful businessman, who sold his pounds 5m turnover company Kelburn Holdings in February, quit his first job after 18 months after he became tired of pedalling around.

But now the 60-year-old has signed up to be part of this September's Marie Curie Great 500 cycle challenge from Berlin to Warsaw.

And he will ride side-by-side with his 19-year-old son Alistair, a student at Bristol University and his two daughters ( Fiona, 21, and Louise, 22.

It may be the first time Brian has sat on a bike in nearly half a century, but he is inspired to complete the mammoth course through Eastern Europe to raise as much as he can for cancer charity Marie Curie.

He said: "Marie Curie do a fantastic job. …

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