Derek sets off on gru­elling Lon­don to Paris chal­lenge

Derek will run, row and cy­cle in Arch to Arc Chal­lenge

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang fundraiser is cur­rently tak­ing part in his big­gest chal­lenge to date.

Derek McEwan started the gru­elling ‘Arch 2 Arc Chal­lenge’ at the week­end which will see him at­tempt to run, row and cy­cle his way from Lon­don to Paris in just six days.

Along­side his friend, Barry Cook, Derek de­parted from Mar­ble Arch in Lon­don on Sat­ur­day to run 87 miles to Dover, row 29 miles across the Chan­nel to Calais be­fore cy­cling 181 miles from Calais to Paris.

Derek is rais­ing money for the Cather­ine McEwan Foun­da­tion, which he set up in mem­ory of his mum, and the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Cather­ine died from Crohn’s dis­ease when Derek was just 16 and he has raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds over the years to help sup­port peo­ple with Crohns and Coli­tis.

He said: “I wanted to set a chal­lenge that would cap­ture peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tion and hope­fully raise a lot of money for our char­i­ties.

“It has been a year of train­ing and fundrais­ing that will put all of the team through pain both phys­i­cally and men­tally, but noth­ing in com­par­i­son to the peo­ple we are try­ing to help.”

Barry’s daugh­ter Jenny was di­ag­nosed with ul­cer­a­tive coli­tis at the age of five, and un­der­went nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tions at the for­mer Yorkhill hospi­tal in­clud­ing hav­ing her large bowel re­moved.

The Young Scot of the Year 2016 win­ner has since ded­i­cated her young life to fundrais­ing for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity and holds star-stud­ded ‘Tea Jenny’ events ev­ery year which raise thou­sands of pounds.

Jenny, who hopes to add thou­sands to her to­tal at her sixth Tea Jenny on Septem­ber 11, had some words of en­cour­age­ment for the in­trepid duo.

She said: “I am re­ally proud of my dad and Derek. They have trained re­ally hard for a year for this and it has been a big com­mit­ment for them and re­ally tough some­times.

“I would just like to say thank you so much to both of them on be­half of all the chil­dren like me that suf­fer from in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease.

“The money and aware­ness you will both raise al­ready has and will con­tinue to re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.

“My brother Alex and I are very proud and we will be there cheer­ing them on ev­ery step of the way!”

Kirsten Sin­clair, di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing at the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Char­ity, said: “Barry and Derek have sup­ported us for many years, rais­ing thou­sands of pounds to help care for the ba­bies, chil­dren and young peo­ple treated at Scot­land’s largest chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

“Barry and Derek are tak­ing on a mam­moth jour­ney and de­serve ev­ery­one’s sup­port. Ev­ery­one at Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Char­ity wishes them all the best on the cur­rent Arch 2 Arc chal­lenge.”

Ready to go Derek McEwan (right) with pal Barry Cook and his daugh­ter Jenny

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