Teacher tackles two-wheel test

Teacher Allison McArthur is gearing up to raise funds for Macmillan by taking part in this year's Cycletta Scotland.

Teacher Allison McArthur is gearing up to raise funds for Macmillan by taking part in this year's Cycletta Scotland.

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A teacher with a legacy of fundraising success in running events is swapping her trusty trainers for the whirr of two wheels for her next challenge.

Allison McArthur, who teaches English at Cupar’s Bell Baxter High School, has signed up to take part in this year’s Cycletta Scotland, which returns to the beautiful surroundings of Scone Palace for a second year running on Sunday October 5.

Normally a runner, Allison picked up an injury part of the way through her 2014 Macmillan Fundraising Challenge, which she is doing in conjunction with her husband, Steve Bonthrone, and has dusted off her bike to maintain her fitness levels and keep up her commitment to the cancer care charity.

She has already raised £3500 this year so far, and together the couple hope to raise £10,000, and are well on their way to hitting that target.

Allison said: “I had set myself the challenge of running three marathons this year but when I got injured I needed to find some other way to continue with my fundraising. When I heard about Macmillan Cycletta at Scone Palace it seemed the perfect event and I quickly signed up. Cycling has been a fantastic way to keep up my fitness levels.

“I’m fundraising for Macmillan because I lost my grandparents and, more recently, my father-in-law to cancer. I’ve also seen friends and colleagues battle this terrible disease. Macmillan do wonderful work in ensuring that nobody faces their fight alone and were there to support the people close to me.

“I want to help raise vital funds so they can continue to support families and make a real difference to the lives of everyone affected.”

Shirlie Geddes, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “It’s fantastic Allison has decided to take part in Cycletta Scotand. It’s a fabulous way of encouraging women of all fitness abilities to come together and do something positive.”

This year, women aged 12 and upwards will have a choice of 20km, 40km, 70km or 100km routes. Participants can enter at www.humanrace.co.uk/cycletta. To donate to Allison’s fundraising campaign visit www.justgiving.com/allison-mcarthur1/

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