Cy­clist’s mis­sion to notch up miles and cash

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY DAVID WALKER

A Mint­law man is cy­cling 10,000 miles over the year in mem­ory of his late fa­ther-in-law.

Paul Fin­nie is aim­ing to com­plete this mam­moth task by cy­cling on average 27 miles a day to raise money for Can­cer Re­search.

Af­ter un­der­tak­ing the task in Jan­uary, he is al­ready al­most half­way through com­plet­ing it.

“It is quite hard go­ing to keep it go­ing,” he said. “The aim is cy­cle about 200 miles a week and while I’m slightly ahead of sched­ule, I want to ac­crue miles in the bank over the sum­mer months.”

The “dirl to 1,000” is in mem­ory of his fa­therin-law John Taylor, a pop­u­lar fig­ure from Long­side who died last Oc­to­ber.

He has pre­vi­ously cy­cled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, when he raised £7,600 for Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.

He also biked the length and breadth of Scot­land in 2014 where he raised £2,500 for Mint­law’s Boys Club and Kayleigh’s Wee Stars.

As part of achiev­ing the 1,000 miles tar­get, Mr Fin­nie will be cy­cling the North Coast 500 in July and wants to find a rea­son­ably priced mo­torhome so his dad, Arthur, can pro­vide backup.

To do­nate to his cause visit www.just­giv­ing. com/paul-fin­nie

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