Colin is set to cycle the length of Great Britain
A Rutherglen man is set to cycle the length of the United Kingdom to raise money for charity.
Colin Mackintosh ( 35) will cycle Lands End to John O’Groats’ ( LEJOG) to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Colin’s mum Liz suffers from the disease and that was the main reason behind Colin and friend Tim Burgess taking on the 1100 mile trek.
Former Stonelaw High pupil Colin said: “Parkinson’s Disease affects a lot of people, my mum was diagnosed with it six years ago and it has been a difficult road. This is a charity I am passionate about and I want to help.”
Colin, who works as an engineer for Rolls Royce, will get the train to Penzance on Tuesday, July 21. The following day he will set off on his journey which will end at the opposite end of Great Britain 10 days later at John O’Groats.
He will be staying at hotels and bed and breakfasts along the way.
Prior to taking up the challenge, John wasn’t a keen cycler, but has been training hard to make sure he gets through it: “As a kid I rode my bike, but I was never really in to cycling as an adult, other than the last few months, in which I’ve been training really hard.
“I’m looking forward to seeing more of the UK, it’s going to be tough but hopefully we can get some good weather for it and a good tail wind behind us!”
One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s, which is a complex condition that affects different people in different ways.
The main symptoms can include, but are not limited to, tremors, slowness of movement and rigidity. There is currently no cure.
Parkinson’s UK are a support and research charity, they have been working to find a cure for over 40 years.
Liz ( 63) attends the exercise class Parkinson’s UK hold every Tuesday at Burnhill Sports Centre. She says their work is vital.
She added: “The exercise classes are great as it’s important for people with Parkinson’s to keep active.
“It was a shock when I was diagnosed, you think it’s older people that get it, but that’s not the case when you go in to the clinics. It’s people of all ages.
“I was surprised and delighted when Colin told me. I’m very proud of him.”
Colin and Tim have set a target of £ 2500. And between their JustGiving page and other fundraising, they’ve got around £1000 in total.
Former Calderwood Primary pupil Colin said: “Any donations would be much appreciated and hopefully we can reach our target.”
You can donate to Colin by visiting https://www.justgiving. com/LEJOG-for-ParkinsonsUK
Trek Colin is set to cycle the length of Great Britain
Mother and son Colin with mum Liz