Colin is set to cy­cle the length of Great Bri­tain

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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

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