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Klaus Berchtenbreiter and Derek Cowan, with Tu Edwards from Maggie's Fife. Both men are cycling from Newcastle to Kirkcaldy to raise money for the cancer charity.

Klaus Berchtenbreiter and Derek Cowan, with Tu Edwards from Maggie's Fife. Both men are cycling from Newcastle to Kirkcaldy to raise money for the cancer charity.

Two Kirkcaldy men are preparing for a mammoth cycle - 300 miles in 24 hours from London to Newcastle - to raise money for Maggie’s Fife.

But while one has all the experience, training and equipment you would expect for such a venture, the other has not cycled since he was a teenager.

Klaus Berchtenbreiter (42), business manager with Fife Cultural Trust, took part in the London to Paris in 24 hours cycle last year for SCOPE, the mental health charity. A keen cyclist, he nevertheless had to train rigorously for the gruelling event, which he completed in 22 hours and 56 minutes, raising just under £1390.

Derek Cowan (32), however, who will partner Klaus in the race, has just bought a second-hand bike, his first in 13 years, and started training for the event, which takes place on August 30 and 31 this year.

The pair will have a special passport stamped at Maggie’s in London and will then set off to have it stamped 300 miles north at another Maggie’s in Newcastle.

Derek, who runs award-winning Get It Done Cleaning in Kirkcaldy, said: “As a businessman, I firmly believe that it’s not all about taking as much as possible; if everyone gave a little bit, we would all be in a much better position.

“When we focus on the needs of people who are disadvantaged, it puts our own challenges into perspective. Having said that, I stand to gain excellent fitness through this, and I’ll lose a few pounds too!”

They aim to raise a minimum of £3000 but hope to achieve twice that amount.

Donors can visit www.facebook.com/onabikeformaggies to donate.

 

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