Mark saddles up for charity

Mark Pollock

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A CARDENDEN man is putting the wheels in motion for a good cause by taking part in a charity cycling ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End.

Mark Pollock, who works as a catering engineer for Lovat’s Catering in Kirkcaldy, is raising money for Forth One’s Cash 4 Kids appeal and training for paralympians.

The 47-year-old said he first took up cycling a couple of years ago: “I was putting on a bit of weight so I decided to do some sport again and I quite enjoyed cycling,” he said.

“I bought a cheap second hand bike and signed up for the Cycle to Work scheme.

“I then bought myself a better bike and took part in the Pedal for Scotland challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

“I wanted to do it to see how I would get on.

“Afterwards I decided to take on a bigger challenge so I had a look online and came across this cycling challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I signed up for it in September.

“I had heard about the Cash 4 Kids appeal and wanted to raise money for sporting paralympic athletes so thought this was the ideal way to collect funding for both.”

Mark said there are 700 places on the cycle ride which takes place over nine days.

“I don’t know anyone else who is doing it but I knew from researching it that it was well organised and one of the best cycling events you could take part in - you are offered a lot of support.”

So far Mark, who is originally from Glenrothes, has raised around £1500 and he hopes to keep going with his fundraising to collect as much money as he possibly can.

As well as support from family and friends he has also contacted local businesses who have offered donations.

He said: “The weather has been lovely this week so I just hope the weather stays good for the weekend - I wouldn’t like it to be too hot just as long as it stays dry.

“I have been doing a lot of training by going out on my bike every third day and doing longer rides at the weekend.

“It covers around 105-110 miles a day so it will be quite a challenge, but I am really looking forward to it.”

Mark will begin the cycling challenge at 7.00 a.m on Saturday morning from John O’Groats and from there will continue cycling until he reaches Land’s End on Sunday, June 16.

Anyone wanting to sponsor him or find out more can log on to his website and donate funding at www.justgiving.com/mark-pollock1