Mad Cop Rides Across Europe on a Rocking Horse

06/09/2012

28th February 2012

In his 3rd annual charity challenge, Mad Cop Andy Seery is living up to his title by attempting to travel across Europe on a Stevenson Brothers rocking horse.

44 year-old Andy, who lives in Farnborough, will travel from Coldstream on the Scottish borders to Sroda Wlkp Polska in central Poland on the specially designed rocking horse for charity.

Wearing a suit of armour for the whopping 2,000 miles duration of the journey, Andy will be accompanied by his steed, “Ella Mae”. Specially created by Stevenson Brothers, “Ella Mae” is a painted Royal Oak rocking horse mounted on a Bow rocker with wheels.

After life-changing surgery for a severe spinal injury, Andy decided to use his own rehabilitation for a good cause and in 2009 “Mad Cop” was born.

Mad Cop I & II

The first Mad Cop took place in April 2010 and saw Andy run solo from Trafalgar Square in London to Sroda Wlkp Polska in Poland. Andy ran a distance of 1,200 miles (or the equivalent of 40 marathons) in just 31 days.

In April 2011, Mad Cop II took place. Andy travelled from Kingston upon Thames, along the roads of Europe, to the Ukraine border in a 13 foot converted topper yacht.

This third challenge aims to raise significant funds for three worthy causes:

  • Starlight Children’s Foundation: The charity brightens the lives of poorly children through wishes and hospital entertainment
  • ABF The Soldiers' Charity: Committed to the welfare of soldiers, former soldiers and their families when they are in times of need
  • The Injured Jockeys Fund: Which is dedicated to helping injured jockeys

Appropriately dressed as St George, Andy will need all his strength and determination to complete his toughest task yet. There will be no support team or back-up van and he will have to face some of Europe’s busiest roads with nothing but his trusty rocking horse for protection and company. The distance also poses a significant athletic challenge with Andy hoping to complete the journey in only 42 days.

The task will begin on April Fool’s Day and Mad Cop III will be officially launched at the Cheltenham Gold Cup on 13th March. In addition to the support being given by all at Stevenson Brothers, the challenge is also being supported by The Knightshop, Sunseeker and P&O.

Andy said, “This is certainly the toughest, not to mention the most eccentric, of all three of my challenges and I am really excited about getting started. I have no doubt that it will be extremely tiring and uncomfortable but I hope that such an unusual challenge will inspire plenty of support for my chosen charities.”

To find out more about Andy’s challenge, please visit www.madcop2.org or you can make a donation online

(Photos courtesy of Kentish Express: Martin Apps)