Endurance cyclist Ross Duncan has concluded a gruelling 124-day challenge which has so far raised over £6,000 for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) with a victory lap from Dunfermline’s Pittencrieff Park to Rachel House in Kinross.
On arrival, he was thanked by resident families and staff in a celebration of his herculean efforts over the past four months.
A Dunfermline based I.T. Technician by day, the 32-year-old embarked on a gruelling personal challenge on 18th December last year, to cycle an average of 124km per day for 124 consecutive days to raise vital funds for the national charity that keeps the joy alive for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Ross, who is originally from Broughty Ferry, vowed to total 15,404 km by the time he rolled over the finish line. The reality is that he ended the ride well over target, spending 18,356km (11,406 miles) on the saddle because some days he ‘couldn’t help but do more.’ Averaging 91.9 miles a day, he has stared down the feat with a combination of outdoor riding and (when winter conditions occasionally became prohibitive) using a physically arduous online training simulator, Zwift.
“I’m sincerely thankful for all the contributions made by family, friends and by sponsors on both sides of the Tay Bridge; I know the ultimate total will go a long way towards the CHAS cause. It has been a tough and enjoyable challenge, somehow balancing work with being on the bike for so long.
“The support has been tremendous and I’ve appreciated the camaraderie with fellow riders sharing some of the miles on the road and in the virtual world since I started this back in December. I’ve seen all sorts of weather throughout winter, from rides at -8.5 degrees to crosswinds at 55mph; I’m so happy to have exceeded the target mileage and it was lovely to finally meet some of the families that this money will benefit at Rachel House today.”
Laura Campbell, Fundraiser for CHAS, said:
“Ross is an absolute fundraising powerhouse! His incredible mission to cycle 124km in 124 days for every child in Scotland who needs CHAS is nothing short of inspiring. To date, Ross has raised over £6,000 with donations still pouring in which will make a fantastic difference to the families who need us. Well done Ross and put your feet up for a well-deserved rest!”
His focus and determination attracted the attention of record-breaking cyclist, Mark Beaumont, who said:
“It’s wonderful to see the massive effort from Ross on his endurance cycle. CHAS provides such wonderful palliative care for babies, children, young people and their families, so much like Ross’s mileage, I’m sure his fundraising efforts will go a very long way!”
You can still sponsor Ross at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/124-4-124.