Cy­clist Gil­lian is the wheel deal on her tour of Bri­tain

For­mer Stonelaw pupil en­joys her two weeks in the sad­dle

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A woman from Burn­side had a wheelie good time re­cently af­ter com­plet­ing a cy­cle from Eng­land to the top of Scot­land.

Gil­lian El­li­son ( for­merly Tay­lor) now lives in War­ring­ton but grew up in Burn­side.

She started her two week cy­cle on the Isle of Wight, and com­pleted it on Orkney.

Dur­ing the trip the 48 year old ex­pe­ri­enced all sorts of weather, travel and midges!

She said: “I’d al­ways fan­cied do­ing it af­ter a friend told me she’d done it when she was younger and it sounded great.

“I was leav­ing my work and thought it was the right time to do it, as I was go­ing to have some ex­tra time rather than fit­ting it into a hol­i­day.

“I’d nor­mally cy­cle about 70 miles in a week but this was do­ing that in a day, ev­ery day - that was one of the tough­est parts of it all.”

The for­mer Stonelaw High pupil had plenty of highs and lows on the two week jour­ney.

She said: “The hard­est part was the times where there was busy traf­fic, and some­times the weather - if that was bad, it could make you mis­er­able do­ing it.

“How­ever, if it was nice and you had nice scenery then it could be fan­tas­tic.

“Once I got past Perth and In­ver­ness I was cycling through a part of Scot­land I’d never been to be­fore, and there was all this beau­ti­ful scenery.

“It was just me and the bike and I could ap­pre­ci­ate it all around me.

“I fin­ished in Orkney and there was fan­tas­tic weather - it was 21 de­grees there and was a per­fect way to end the cy­cle.”

Gil­lian also had a rest day, where she went back to Burn­side.

She said: “I had a rest day and did my wash­ing at my dad’s house, it’s al­ways nice to be back.”

She was also given a help­ing hand by her dad Jim and his part­ner Maureen on the jour­ney too, who joined her at ev­ery fin­ish point each day to of­fer some sup­port, and give her some help with her lug­gage.

She added: “They were car­ry­ing the lug­gage for me in their car, so it was great of them, they’d said they had wanted to be part of it.

“You’d see the cy­clists lug­ging all their lug­gage up the hills, so I was lucky to avoid that, and then in the evenings I was able to have some com­pany too.”

On her bike! Gil­lian in Grit­tle­ston in Eng­land

To Boldly Go Gil­ian and her dad Jim

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