In May 2014, ten amateur cyclists will set off from Edinburgh towards London. Twelve days later, they will arrive back where they started, having cycled over 1100 miles and taken in each of the five capitals of the UK and Ireland.
Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, and back to Edinburgh. 1100 miles-12 days.
The aim? To raise money for Cystinosis research.
This is a challenge I came to know about through running with the West Linton Runners. For a charity I had never heard of. For a little girl I had never met. The charity helps fund research and support families affected by Cystinosis – www.cystinosis.org.uk
The aim is to raise much-needed funds for the charity Cystinosis Foundation UK, which supports research into treatments for this rare, and so far incurable genetic condition.
The cause is particularly close to the heart of one of the cyclists, Neil Hutchison, whose daughter Morven was born with the condition in 2010. Neil is a trustee of the charity and the main organiser of this event.
Anyone who’s ever climbed on a bike will know that going 100 miles a day for 12 days straight is going to hurt. The challenge is testimony to the work of the charity, the difference it makes, and the willingness of the team to make a difference. They need your support!