Cycle of life

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A FATHER and daughter from Queensferry have raised a bumper sum for a cancer charity after undertaking to cycle the length and breadth of Great Britain.

Sixty-three year old Bob Henry and daughter Jane (39) cycled the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End last month to raise over £3000 for Maggie’s Caring Centre in Edinburgh, the cancer charity which helps sufferers and their families live with cancer.

The pair set off last month and despite howling winds, rain, punctures and even gears snapping along the route, they made it across the finish line at Land’s End in just over a week.

Bob lives at South Scotstoun and daughter Jane, who now lives in Bathgate, had been in training for a year beforehand prior to taking up the challenge.

Speaking to the Queensferry Gazette this week Bob conceded that it was not an easy ride, alluding to the steep climbs they endured during the journey.

“Whoever said the phrase ‘what goes up must come down’ has never been to Cornwall and Devon,” he joked.

“It was difficult and testing. I had a puncture to a tyre at John O’Groats before we had even started.

“Then finally we got on our way and we were on time until - at the end of the second stage Inverness to Perth - I lost my road bike due to a mechanical failure so I had to use the spare.

“We aimed to cycle 100 miles a day and we made that target.

“At stage three Maggie’s Centre at Fairmilehead provided us with a delightful lunch reception party and that kept us going.”

Both Bob, a civil servant, and Jane, who works in hospitality at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh, were shadowed along the marathon route by Jane’s fiance David Anstruther and his father John in a motorhome, in which they slept each night.

Bob revealed that the decision behind selecting Maggie’s Centre as their charity was they felt it needed their backing the most.

He said: “We have all been touched by someone who has suffered cancer and we decided to choose Maggie’s Caring Centre in Edinburgh Western General as it is fairly new and not that long established compared to other charities, so we felt they could do with the help,” he said.

Bob said he was grateful to all the family, friends and neighbours for their donations and if anyone else wished to add to their fundraising cause they can sponsor both by visiting www.justgiving.com/jane-henry