Josh Quigley, the Scottish endurance cyclist and fastest person to cycle the North Coast 500 route has hit his £10,000 fundraising target for Arthritis Action while attempting to break the record for the greatest distance cycled in a week.

Josh, who was himself diagnosed with arthritis earlier this year at the age of 28, was forced to abandon his bid for the record earlier this month after suffering a serious knee injury on the fourth day.

It was a major blow with Josh on course to set a new record before injury struck.

Josh Quigley has raised over £10k for Arthritis Action.
Josh Quigley has raised over £10k for Arthritis Action.

Since ending his challenge, Josh has undergone intensive rehabilitation and recovery and intends to make a fresh attempt along the same route this summer.

"I was extremely disappointed at being forced to stop and pull out of the world record attempt — but I feel very proud of my support team and what we all achieved up in Deeside," said Josh afterwards.

"Although I didn't manage it this time, I put in a strong performance and still hit the £10,000 fundraising target for Arthritis Action. There also was huge support from the local Deeside community, and I'd like to thank everyone who came along and cheered me on — their support meant so much to me and really helped me dig deep."

Shantel Irwin, CEO at Arthritis Action, comments: "The whole team has been inspired by Josh's world record-breaking attempt. His drive and ambition have proved that young people living with conditions such as arthritis are still able to push themselves and live extraordinary, fulfilling lives.

"Arthritis can affect people of any age - in fact, around 4 million people under the age of 35 live with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in the UK.

"We believe that Josh's attempt will help to inspire others like him to see the potential within themselves and live a more active life with arthritis. We're all very much looking forward to Josh's next attempt at the Guinness World Record later this year!"

Josh is planning another attempt on the week distance record this summer.
Josh is planning another attempt on the week distance record this summer.

Josh's Guinness World Records attempt sponsor is Thomas Franks. Frank Bothwell, Founder of Thomas Franks, said: "We are fully behind Josh as he plans the next attempt.

"We have followed and supported Josh over the past few years and are immensely proud to be the main sponsor for his Guinness World Record — and are just in awe of what Josh has accomplished after everything he has been through. He and his team have our full support."

Josh's fundraiser is still live and accepting donations at