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Cycling Scotland end-to-end over 3 days

On Saturday I’ll be starting the first of three days cycling the length of Scotland. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and will serve as a “goodbye for now” as I move to the Land of Eng later in the month. The primary reason I’m doing this is to raise funds for a great charity, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). They provide great support for those in need and also tackle the stigma of mental health. One in four people in the UK have to deal with mental health problems.

Various Scottish poems have mentioned the journey from John o’Groats to Kirkmaiden, which is generally considered to be the end-to-end journey for mainland Scotland. Robert Burns wrote of the journey “frae Maidenkirk tae Johnnie Groats” in his poem On the Late Captain Grose’s Peregrinations Through Scotland. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote:

But maistly thee, the bluid o’ Scots,
Frae Maidenkirk to John o’ Grots,
The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it,
Talisker, Isla, or Glenlivet!

The Maidenkirk they speak of is now Kirkmaiden. Although being in Scotland, it’s actually further south than Carlisle. Day 1: Leaving John o’Groats and cycling 160 miles through Inverness, along Loch Ness, and staying the night near Loch Oich. Day 2: Cycling through Fort William, through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, then on to Glasgow to stay the night. Day 3: Cycling as far south as I can get until I’m pretty close to Northern Ireland! I’ll post an update after the cycle with photos if possible.

If you would like to support SAMH you can donate on my Justgiving page for the ride. Thank you!

Tour de Forth 2013

I’m cycling the Tour de Forth 2013 sportive to raise money for Mercy Corps. They don’t associate with a religion or spend any of the money on proselytizing. They support people in the toughest places in the world, who are affected by natural disasters, poverty, or conflict. What I like about them is that the support they offer helps in the long term, rather than just while the TV cameras are around. They also employ locals for the work.

Even a £1 donation helps a lot, so please consider donating a tiny amount. As an absolute minimum I’m aiming for £1 per mile. Even small donations help provide families with clean water, food, and clothes.

If you would like to give a donation, you can do so here: http://www.justgiving.com/Peter-vs-the-forth

British 10K London: fundraising for Scope!

I’m racing in the British 10K London in July and looking for sponsorships for a great charity! Scope work to provide people with disabilities the same opportunities and rights as everyone else. They work with hundreds of thousands of people and it costs a lot, so please donate a little if you can! It’s a great cause, and even if you can only donate £1 it all helps!

My JustGiving page is here! Thanks!