Grandad cycles 64 miles all in the name of charity

Stuart Wilson (62) from Buckhaven completes his 64 mile cycle challenge.
Stuart Wilson (62) from Buckhaven completes his 64 mile cycle challenge.

His idea of exercise is normally “betting on the horses” but that didn’t stop a plucky grandad jumping back on the saddle for a worthy cause.

Stuart Wilson (62), from Den Walk, Buckhaven, completed a 64-mile cycle between the Forth and Tay Bridges to raise money for a friend of the family who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Daughter Sharon Robertson, who lives in Methil, explained: “My best friend, who is 34 years old, has been diagnosed and Dad wanted do something.

“He’s not sporty at all - his idea of exercise is betting on the horses! - but last year he started on his bike.

“He put it away after the summer, but the diagnosis just spurred him on to go out and train and he started in January.”

The journey, which began at the Forth wasn’t without incident.

Sharon (34) said: “He did really well, apart from the fact that he fell from his bike just outside Leven – he has the bumps and bruises to prove it.

“At the end he felt exhausted and said he couldn’t have done it without help his friend, a keen cyclist, who escorted him the whole way.”

Stuart’s marathon effort raised around £900, half of which will go directly to Sharon’s friend and the other half to Cancer Research.

Furthermore, Diageo – Mr Wilson’s employers – have pledged to double his contribution to the charity.

People can still make a donation, however, by emailing robertsonjim52@yahoo.co.uk