Unbelievable cyclists pedal throughout nation in reminiscence of child who lived for 83 minutes


An unbelievable group of 9 cyclists lately pedalled the size of the nation in reminiscence of a Hamilton child who lived for simply 83 minutes.

Little Freya Shields died shortly after start in 2018 and her dad and mom Dave and Kathleen have been very lively in supporting CHAS (Kids’s Hospice Affiliation Scotland) and SiMBA (Simpsons Reminiscence Field Enchantment) following the assist they obtained from each charities.

In 2019, Dave and 6 associates raised 1000’s of kilos biking over 500km from Tongue on the northern tip of Scotland to Coldstream on the English border.

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This 12 months, Hamilton man Brian Jack organised the identical problem on Could 28 and Dave bought again on the saddle to play his half.

Kathleen, David, Finn Shields with child Freya

The opposite 2021 group members have been Iain Brown, Jerry Mackie, Cameron Clark, Paddy Walsh (all Hamilton males), Joe Mitchell (initially from Motherwell, now residing in East Kilbride), and Edinburgh males Sandy Legget and Simon Whitehead.

The group crossed the end line with simply 52 minutes to spare – and collectively the riders have raised virtually £9400.

Dave instructed Lanarkshire Reside: “It’s astonishing how a lot has been raised, and the cash continues to be trickling in.

“I managed 425km earlier than I bought hypothermic – and ended up within the assist van! However I had truly solely deliberate on biking a smaller part of the path to assist the fellows.

“All of them did so nicely and have been greeted by a crowd of round 30 folks as they made it to the end line in time.

“Afterwards I stated, ‘I gained’t be doing that once more’, however I’m more than pleased to place myself by means of extra distress to assist increase cash for CHAS and SiMBA.”

The charity cycle, nicknamed ‘The Lang Means Doon’, noticed the fellows setting off from Tongue in Lairg at 10am on the Saturday.

They then made their manner over the Cairngorms, onto Perth, making a quick cease at Rachel Home hospice run by CHAS, after which ending within the border city of Coldstream.

They accomplished the problem efficiently because of a assist group comprising of Motherwell man John Ryan, William Kirk, from Wishaw, John McPartlin and Paul Seenan, from Hamilton, and Edinburgh males Paul Johnston and Graeme Vint.

The cyclists about to set of on their epic journey

Crew member Paul Seenan stated: “We had three assist vans with spare bikes, spare elements, and one van organising meals stops.

“Seeing what the fellows went by means of, biking at night time and thru fog, it was completely unbelievable what they achieved.”

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