A rewarding physical and mental feat

The charity cycle team at John O'Groats
The charity cycle team at John O'Groats

Determined and dedicated family members have saddled up successfully for a charity challenge in memory of Lundin Links man Henry Gibbon.

Eleven relatives and friends completed a four-day July cycle trek to raise money for a range of cancer charities.

The group travelled 272 miles from John O’Groats , stopping at Dingwall, Newtonmore and Perth, to Henry’s home in Lundin Links.

Henry was diagnosed two years ago with Leiomyosarcoma, an extremely rare and very aggressive form of soft tissue sarcoma, and died last November, aged 60.

Friends and family, inspired by his dignity and bravery during treatment, decided to do a charity cycle to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Henry’s sister, Fiona Clarke, said the family had deeply appreciated the role of Marie Curie nurses and carers in allowing him to pass away at home with the comfort of his relatives around him.

Family members described the strong mental and physical challenge as “demanding” and “an adventure”, but very worthy. They were determined to see it through and pleased to finish on schedule.

The scenery was beautiful but they had to endure numerous punctures and challenging weather, including thundery showers between John O’Groats and Strathpeffer.

A support van from Curtis Motors carried a neon light and graphics, and a lot of support was pledgd by text.

Fiona paid tribute on the family’s behalf to her colleagues in the support team, for their practical and emotional help.

Kinross couple Andrew and Isobel Curtis, along with bike mechanic and ‘gofer’ Sean Greig, from Anstruther, were among the most inspirational figures, she added.

Money was still coming in but the cycle run gathered over £7260, while the Gibbon clan has also raised close to £11,000 for Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Edinburgh & Lothians Health Support, honouring other family members whose lives were claimed by the disease.

The latest fund-raiser – a disco night in St Monans Town Hall – was held on Saturday.