Glenrothes pair go the distance for children’s ward

Mark and George

Mark and George

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Two Glenrothes men have completed a gruelling cycle to their home town from Aberdeen to raise money for charity.

George McDougall and Mark Crombie have been cycling to raise money over the past few years and this year they decided to take on a tougher challenge.

Last month they set off from the Granite City early in the morning, and, six hours later, they arrived in Glenrothes, raising £800 for the children’s ward at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

Mark said: “We were looking to do something a bit different and came up with the idea of going somewhere on the train and cycling back to raise money for charity.

“When we got across the Tay Bridge it was really, really tough.

“I had never done more than about 70 miles I think so I was really feeling it and that was a difficult stretch.

“There was a real sense of achievement when we finished, despite the pain!

“I could barely walk for days afterwards , it felt like I was still in the saddle.”

George and Mark spent most of last winter training and preparing for the cycle with the encouragement and support of their local gym.

And having raised money for cancer charities in the past, they chose a different cause this year - the children’s ward.

“We wanted to pick a different charity, something a bit more personal for us,” Mark added.

“When you think how difficult it is even for adults to adjust to being in hospital, it can be so much harder for children to be away from home, their family and all their toys.

“So we decided to raise money for the children’s ward and do something to help those kids out.”

George McDougall, a mechanic at the Fife Auto Centre, struggled towards the end of the cycle - but still enjoyed it.

“The last few miles were really difficult but overall the weather was pretty good and that made it enjoyable,” George explained.

“Initially we were just going to do it for fun but then we thought it would be good to raise some money as well.

“We have friends who have used the ward at the Victoria recently so we knew that was a really worthy cause.

“Everyone at work really supported me, especially Richard Forrester who ended up joining us and really kept us going.”