Pedal power for Kirsty

Kirsty MacRae, charity cyclist
Kirsty MacRae, charity cyclist

A Linlithgow teenager, Kirsty MacRae, is in training for a two-day epic cycle ride to raise funds for Maggie’s Cancer charity.

The 16-year-old signed up to undertake her silver Duke of Edinburgh award through the Girls’ Brigade in Linlithgow and, for her physical endurance element, decided to take on the 170 mile ‘Ride the North’ cycle challenge.

Kirsty along with her dad, Alan, will set off on the first leg on August 28 from Inverness to Elgin, a total of 88 miles, with the second leg the following day taking them from Elgin to Aberdeen.

Their goal is to raise £900 in memory of Alan’s aunt who passed away after being 
diagnosed with cancer.

In an interesting twist to the story, day two follows country lanes that take Kirsty past her 78-year-old Aberdeenshire granny’s home.

Mary Stephen (78), set the family standard for challenges by completing the three highest peaks in Britain (Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell) last year at age 77.

Apparently granny likes to get on her bike and may actually join Kirsty and Alan, along with mum, also Mary, and younger sister Rhona (14) for a few miles of moral support on the route.

Dad however is hoping she will turn up with a flask of 
coffee and some of her home baking!!

Until earlier this year Kirsty had never been on a road bike in her life so is 
having to learn quickly.

It’s been a busy time for Kirsty. She had her exams this year and studied for five Higher grades at Linlithgow Academy.

As well as training for her big cycle ride Kirsty is also 
getting ready for her DofE expedition which involves hiking and camping for three days and two nights with four friends from the Girls’ Brigade. She also spent a week on the Island of Coll in June as part of a selection process for a potential gap year with Project Trust – where she hopes to spend a year helping out on a project somewhere in South America (with the aim of practicing her Spanish before heading to university).

And in July she was fully involved with the sailing club as they welcomed an exchange party from Lake Mohnesee in Germany.

If you’d like to sponsor Kirsty on her challenge, she has a justgiving page set up at