Wheelie good time for Jamie
Sport Relief benefits
A Cambuslang man who was part of team of cyclists has helped raise more than £130,000 for charity after attempting a recordbreaking challenge.
Jamie McNair, 28, is one of the 11-strong team who cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of Sport Relief 2016.
The former West Coats Primary and Cathkin High pupil works for accommodation provider Unite Students and the challenge was part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.
Jamie and his team mates covered 1,052 miles within 12 days and other staff and students at Unite Students sites across the UK helped clock up 250,000 miles on static bicycles as part of the world’s biggest ‘virtual’ tandem.
Speaking to the Reformer this week, Jamie said: “We averaged 95 miles a day and I personally raised £2,500.
“Travelling through Scotland was beautiful. It was like cycling through a postcard.
“Whilst it was physically and mentally challenging there were more positives than negatives on the journey as a whole. Having the chance to enjoy and show off the truly stunning Scottish scenery with my team mates was great. It’s true to say that we were awe inspired, and it’s something that we will never forget.
“We did have some bad days with the weather. We had snow, hail stones and even battled a hurricane on our way down but it was sunny most of the time.
“There were eight employees from Unite Students and we had a couple more volunteers from universities in England.
“We climbed the equivalent of two times Mount Everest.
“I got involved through my work and it gave people the chance to apply in October last year. I didn’t really cycle but I thought ‘why not?’.
“I got involved as I wanted to take up a new hobby, and for it to be in aid of such a great charity is a bonus.”
The team of cyclists started their journey south on February 27 and reached Land’s End on March 10.
Unite Students say the purpose of the wider challenge is to achieve the “greatest mobilisation of the student population for a good cause”.
Chief executive Mark Allan, added: “Sport Relief is one of the UK’s best loved charities and we wanted to help our 46,000 students get behind it so we organised a host of opportunities for them and other students.
“We wanted as many students across the UK as possible to get active and get involved to help raise as much money as possible for this.”
Jamie is still raising money for Sport Relief and if you would like to help, visit his Just Giving page: www. justgiving. com/ JamieMcNairJOGLE.
Out in the open air Jamie McNair
Students team Sport relief The Unite
On the flat Jamie and his team passed some beautiful scenery on their journey