Denny pals sign up for John O’Groats cycle challenge

Pictured from the left, cyclists Barry McDonald, Alex Dalgettie, Paul McBride and Duncan Pye with Strathcarron nurse Sharon Love and fundraiser Stephen Harvey.
Pictured from the left, cyclists Barry McDonald, Alex Dalgettie, Paul McBride and Duncan Pye with Strathcarron nurse Sharon Love and fundraiser Stephen Harvey.

A Denny man is taking part in a 270-mile charity cycle from John O’Groats in memory of his father who died earlier this year.

Barry McDonald (27) will cycle from the country’s most northerly point to Strathcarron to raise money for the hospice where his father David was cared for during his illness. He died of lung cancer in January this year.

Joining Barry in the challenge will be his father’s friend Alex Dalgettie and three of his Network Rail colleagues - Paul McBride (45), Stephen Harvey (51) and Duncan Pye (46).

Alex (47) said: “I was on a residents committee with David for a number of years so we thought it would be nice to do something in his memory.”

The cyclists will be accompanied by a support crew, which includes David’s brother Alex McDonald, plus two other railway workers - Kenny Allison and Sandy McCaig, who will be setting up camp each night and cooking for the team.

They will travel up to John O’Groats on Monday before starting the next day, aiming to arrive at the hospice on Saturday, September 7, where they will be welcomed by a piper to a reception for the team and their friends and family.

So far the team has raised over £3000, and they hope the total will be around double that by the time they finish.

Alex added: “We started training in March. Duncan has been in charge of all our training - he does lots of things like rock climbing and snowboarding, so he’s been keeping us right!

“We’re very grateful to two bike companies - Bespoke in Denny and Velocity 44 in Stirling for their support, and Bill McDonald at Denny Engraving, and Tesco who are providing water and energy drinks.”

To sponsor the team go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/davidmcdonald