Pensioner set for 1,250 mile charity trek across India

Richard Isle (l) and Raju (r) are taking part in a 1250mile motorcycle ride from  Goa to Bokaro for the  the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Richard Isle (l) and Raju (r) are taking part in a 1250mile motorcycle ride from Goa to Bokaro for the the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

For many, retirement signals the start of relaxing days filled with gardening and good books – but one 70-year-old Doncaster daredevil has other ideas.

Richard Isle is gearing up for a 1,250-mile motorcycle trek across India to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Mr Isle, of Sandringham Road, Intake, decided to take on the charity challenge after two of his daughter’s godchildren were both diagnosed with the condition.

The adventurous pensioner, who spends six months of the year at his holiday home in India will make the gruelling journey from Goa to Bokaro with his friend Raju, aged 30.

The pair expect the journey will take about four days.

Sharon, Mr Isle’s daughter, said: “He’s a bit of a daredevil and always has itchy feet he can’t stand to just sit around.

“The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity close to his heart as my eight month old godson Leon and two-year-old goddaughter Esmay McLean have the condition.

“The trust doesn’t get as much publicity as other charities. so he wanted to do what he could to raise money and raise awareness.

“He only started riding about six months ago when he got his motorbike, so we are all a bit nervous, but he has promised to ring us everyday with updates pictures.

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening condition resulting in internal organs becoming clogged with a sticky mucus. www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Isle