Roydon man will be taking on 1,000 mile bike ride
It is a case of anything you can do ... as a Roydon man tackles a 1,000-mile bike ride to match the long-distance efforts of his partner.
Alistair Macdonald will be putting his own spin on the charity challenge to cycle the length of the country by travelling from east to west.
Instead of pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groat, Mr Macdonald is starting in Dungeness in Kent on Saturday and will finish in Durness in north west Scotland over the next three weeks.
Family rivalry will be playing a big part in the mammoth bike ride.
Mr Macdonald said: “My partner Judy Dubrawski managed to cycle without any trouble 76 miles so I had to do something which wasn’t too weedy after that.
“My son and his wife recently completed a 180-mile bike ride in London. I want to prove to my kids I can do it.”
Mr Macdonald, who runs a specialist training company, has been working on the challenge for more than a year.
He will be taking in many country lanes along the way as he travels from England to Scotland.
Mr Macdonald said: “I’m most looking forward to the Scottish side of the ride.
“I love Scotland and have spent more than 50 years going to Scotland so I will be looking forward to seeing some of my favourite bits. But I think there will be a lot of interesting parts across the whole country.
“I find cycling enormously pleasurable so I don’t see it as a massive chore. I have been looking at the mileage and I think it is going to be more than 1,000 miles.
“Really experienced cyclists tell me that I will be racking up 90 miles a day but I think I’ll be doing 60 miles a day.
“I know it sounds a lot but I have put in the training.”
Mr Macdonald is also hoping to raise £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
He was inspired to use the ride to raise money as his friend’s 10-year-old granddaughter suffers from the condition.
More than 10,000 people across the UK have the condition, which is caused by a faulty gene. People with the condition have problems breathing and digesting food due to movement of salt and water in the body.
So far Mr Macdonald has raised £685 thanks to donations from friends and colleagues. Go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=alimac49