Annie Fleming normally cycles just for fun – but a family friend’s plight has encouraged her to tackle an arduous pedal between two world-famous capital cities.
Annie, of Buckhaven, is saddling up for a four-day, 300-mile bike ride later this year from London to Paris.
She’s aiming to raise awareness and gather funds for Kidney Research UK, after being inspired by her friend’s daughter.
Annie (36) has set a very demanding target for only a casual cyclist.
But she explained: “I wanted a challenge that would bring a lot of attention to the charity.”
Annie is making the journey to support Morgan Wishart (14), of Windygates.
The Kirkland High School pupil is awaiting a kidney transplant in July, after becoming ill a year ago.
The way Morgan had approached such serious illness after years of seemingly good health had been hugely impressive, said Annie.
“She’s so inspirational – she takes it all in her stride,” she said.
The big cycle is not until September 3 but there is plenty of training and fundraising to be done before then, with a race night due next month.
Annie works as a research executive with Sky TV in Dunfermline and is very grateful to her employer for providing match-fundraising.
She has also teamed up with friend Paul Erskine, from Lochgelly, who’ll be tackling the same route in aid of CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity, on behalf of another family friend.
Annie and Paul are staging the race night on June 7 in the Abbey Hotel, Kirkcaldy.
The cycle run will begin from Crystal Palace and conclude at the Eiffel Tower.
Annie has a Just Giving page, at http://www.justgiving.com/Annmarie-Fleming