Local couple take on marathon cycle trip

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A COUPLE from Rothienorman will be riding the ultimate test by cycling the 1200-mile route from Lands End to John o’Groats, by tandem, all for local charities.

Sharron and Bob Sinclair having been in training for more than 12 months and their hard work will soon be put to the test. The couple plan to begin their journey this Friday, July 13.

Sharron said, “We’ve been training locally, using all the hills we can find, in readiness for the gruelling terrain ahead of us, and my knees certainly know about it! We’ve always wanted to do the ‘BIG’ one and cycle from Lands End to John o’Groats so that one day I can sit in my rocking chair and tell my grandchildren I actually did it.’

Bob and Sharron’s plan is to cycle an average 60 miles a day via the Isle of Arran.

‘I think I can just about cope with this daily distance so long as there’s a decent cup of coffee at the end of each day.’ added Sharron.

The couple’s chosen charities are Aberdeenshire’s Willows Animal Sanctuary and Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

Willows Animal Sanctuary specialises in accepting animals that have been rejected by other charities. It also runs an animal-assisted therapy programme (AAT) for vulnerable people.

Sharron said, “The support of our friends and family really means a lot to Bob and I. As we pedal up those hills we will be thinking of the kindness and generosity of how everyone has supported us and our charities.” Anyone who would like to donate can go to mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sharronsinclair1 or www.justgiving.com /Sharron-Sinclair.