A father and son from Queensferry are set to take on a major feat of endurance to raise money for the Maggie’s Centres cancer charity.
Colin Ferrington and his son Tom have secured places in this year’s Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike on May 3.
A pulled muscle threatened to put paid to Tom’s efforts but he is now back in training and looking forward to the stamina-testing event.
Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike is a charity event which tests the endurance of participants over a 24 hour period on the Great Glen Way, between Fort William and Inverness.
All grades do the same 31 mile bike ride, then a nine mile, 22 mile or 41 mile hike for the bronze, silver and gold grades respectively. To complete the gold journey, participants will cycle and walk continuously for between 17 and 24 hours.
Colin (64) persuaded his son Tom (37) to join him in attempting the gold journey.
Tom, a dedicated club runner and four time winner of the Queensferry Boundary Race, was already in training for the London Marathon so a “stroll” along the Great Glen should have caused him little concern.
For a start, his training schedule for the marathon meant he had been covering 70-80 miles per week since the turn of the year.
However, with two weeks to go, on his last long distance training run, disaster struck – he pulled a muscle.
In an effort to overcome the injury, he had one week’s physiotherapy and exercised in a swimming pool but the injury failed to respond sufficiently, ending his marathon hopes and putting at risk his Monster Bike and Hike bid.
After a further week of exercise, things are improving and with another three weeks to go to the Maggie’s event, Tom is determined to get fit enough to complete the gold journey and keep faith with the friends and relations who have sponsored the team.
Maggie’s Centres provide invaluable support to cancer sufferers and their families.
If you wish to help Maggie’s Centres and give Colin and Tom an extra incentive to complete the course please donate at http://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Ferrington
To find out more about Maggie’s Centres visit www.maggiescentres.org.