Wheelie good time for Jamie

Sport Relief ben­e­fits

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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