University lecturer finishes final ‘overseas’ commute for charity by two ferries and three bike rides

Mathematics lecturer Michael McCabe was filmed by the BBC on his last ‘overseas’ commute before retirement – travelling from the New Forest to the University via the Isle of Wight.

Michael started his super commute back in 2001 after he found travelling by rail or car from Sway near Lymington had become so unreliable. Instead he devised a quicker ‘overseas’ route, cycling from his home to catch the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth. He then cycled across the Isle of Wight to the Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry before his final cycle into work.

Michael did revert back to travelling by car in recent years, but he wanted to complete his ‘overseas’ commute one last time on his final day while raising more than £1,600 for Brain Tumour Research.

BBC cameramen joined Michael and his friend Dave on his journey, broadcasting the story on BBC South Today.

Video Credit: BBC South Today

Michael said: “It was a wonderful way to spend my last day of 28 years working at the University. We had a BBC South Today cameraman round our house at 5:30am and headed off under a crescent moon. The cycle to Fishbourne was extremely busy with traffic, busier than I remembered.

“During our tour of the Brain Tumour Research labs at the University, the BBC reporter interviewed us and asked us to explain why we were doing it. The photo of the glioblastoma cell behind us was one very good reason.”

Michael and Dave then joined colleagues from the School of Mathematics and Physics for cake one last time before making the return journey on the 4:00pm ferry. But they ended up riding even more miles than the 42 originally planned, when they ended up getting lost trying to avoid a busy road through Newport.

Michael said: “We made it to the Yarmouth ferry with minutes to spare. The sun was starting to go down as we crossed over to Lymington for the final stage of our journey. I was literally riding off into the sunset to begin the rest of my life!”

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  1. Well done Mike! Happy memories of our many lunchtime runs together. They didn’t mention your excellent marathon times but otherwise a nice report.

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