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Kirkbean cyclist riding 5k in 5 days for charity

Dedicating the journey to his friend recovering from a heart condition, can he reach 5k in 5 days?

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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
Kirkbean cyclist riding 5k in 5 days for charity

A CYCLIST from Kirkbean has taken the challenge to cycle 5,000 miles in five days.

Ian Baird will join together with a myriad of cycling groups across both Scotland and England to tackle the challenge from May 23 – May 25.

In order to help those that don’t normally travel long distances take part, he has teamed up with groups of 2 – 5 cyclists that will do 100 miles a day.

This will be the seventh impressive challenge Ian will to, with the funds raised from the charity cycle going to Heart Research UK’s Heart of Scotland appeal, as well as Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ian chose to support the appeal this year for his friend Katherine, who had open heart surgery at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A year after her surgery she has recovered fully, and is training to take part in the cycling challenge where she will do 20 miles per day for the five days.

She said: “At the moment I’m cycling three days a week and yesterday I cycled 21 miles, today 16 miles but now I’ll take a few days off. I’ve never been able to cycle as far even when I was younger, so I’m thrilled that I can do it now.”

You can sponsor Ian and his team on https://www.gofundme.com/f/5000-plus-miles-in-5-days.

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