2,300-mile cycle by Fife pair

Glenrothes men Ally O'Brien and Jonathan Paisley are cycling from the North Sea to the Black Sea in aid of charities
Glenrothes men Ally O'Brien and Jonathan Paisley are cycling from the North Sea to the Black Sea in aid of charities
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TWO bravehearted Fife men will be getting on their bikes for charity.

Jonathan Paisley and Ally O’Brien are making their final preparations before embarking on a tremendous 2,300 mile cycle across Europe to help raise funds for local charities, Crossroads Fife and Friendship International’s Scottish branch.

The friends from Glenrothes intend to begin their trip, which will see them cycle coast to coast from the North Sea to the Black Sea, and hope to reach the finish in early July.

Jonathan, who works as a GP at Glenwood Health Centre, explained: “Myself and Ally, another cycling enthusiast, are taking that enthusiasm to the limit.

“We are cycling coast to coast – North sea to Black sea, from Amsterdam to Constanta in Romania.

“The route will initially follow the cycleway along the river Rhine and then pick up the river Danube cycleway.

“All funds raised from the cycle are going to the charities, we are funding our own way.

“We will mainly be camping en route with occasional over nights in hostels – mainly to wash ourselves and lie in a soft bed!

“Coincidently we are both 50 this year.

“We have convinced ourselves that the cycle is not part of a mid life crisis.”

The money raised by Jonathan and Ally, who works for British Telecom in Glenrothes, will be split between Crossroads Fife and Friendship International.