Bervie man takes on tough cycle challenge

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An Inverbervie man will be cycling almost 1000 miles over two weeks next month to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

James Adamson got an unusual birthday present from his wife Joanne on his 50th birthday in March. She gave him the gift of her support for him cycling from Lands End to John O’ Groat’s. She offered her help setting up camp every night whilst he pedals his way through mountains and glens, towns and villages.

James said when he received the special 50th present, he was excited and daunted at the same time, “I have always wanted to do this and when I started telling friends they suggested I do it for charity. The response to sponsorship has been fantastic.”

The 50 year old has been raising money for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland after his dad passed away at a young age. His father had suffered many years with heart disease and had multiple heart attacks.

James said “he struggled for a very long time to lead a normal life and always put his family first. Sadly, he didn’t live to see any of his grandchildren, but I know he would be very proud that we are supporting a charity that can help prevent this happening to other families and the the pain it brings to them.”

The journey will begin at Land’s End, which is the extreme southwestward point of Great Britain, in western Cornwall, and finish at John O’ Groat’s which is traditionally acknowledged as the extreme northen point of mainland Scotland.

The challenge is not just a cycle in the park. The fitness and stamina required to keep going along the journey is challenging and James has been training hard to prepare himself, “I train almost every day, either on the bike, in the pool or gym and have done events which match the daily mileage, so I know I can meet the daily mileage but the worrying thing is doing it every day for a fortnight! My biggest fear is the weather. A strong head wind can really slow things down and I have a strict 2 week window to complete it.”

Donations have almost reached £1500 so far and the challenge will take place over the last two weeks of July.