West Highland Way in a Day

by Chipps 4

Rob Hurcomb, James Moore and David Harris have been in touch to say that they’e riding the West Highland Way non-stop this weekend, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.


David tells us:

It’s 95 miles and 14,000ft of climbing, with a calorie burn of 10,000kcal (which I have calculated is a LOT of flapjack). We will be setting off from Fort William at 4am next Saturday, and with a bit of luck arriving in Milngavie, near Glasgow about 23hrs or so later. I have just finished my last training ride – a mini-epic in the Yorkshire Dales – and the packing of kit and carbo-loading starts here. Although I am feeling pretty fit I am still having nightmares about carrying my bike over the four miles of stacked boulders alongside Loch Lomond, in the dark. To make that bit easier my bike is jeyer than it has ever been (I can’t believe I’m riding 1.95s for the first time this century). I think I might write ‘Macmillan’ and ‘Help for Heroes’ on my bars to provide a bit of motivation.

Macmillan Cancer Care did a great job helping to look after my Mum all the way back in 2002 – it is more than time I tried to repay the favour. They provide nursing and palliative care that is invaluable to help families cope with cancer. You can click here to donate online via Justgiving.com, which is completely secure and sends donations directly to Macmillan.

Help for Heroes helps provide for those that are injured while serving their country. At the moment this country does not provide properly for them, and some very brave but horrifically injured people rely on support from this charity. You can click here if you would like to donate to Help for Heroes via Justgiving.com.

We hope that you can spare something for one of these good causes (both of them are pretty close to home), we would be very grateful indeed for anything donated. Thanks already to everyone who has helped us to get to almost £2000 raised already, to Cycle Republic in York for donating energy fuel for the event and The Hub in The Forest at Glentress for help with lights. And wish us luck – it’s a long way!

Comments (4)

  1. Guys all the very best for your attempt, im pretty sure you will manage. I did it back in 2001. Our actual ride time was 9 hours 54 minutes with a total time of 15 hours so i suspect you will do it a wee bit quicker than 23 hours. Surely daylight will be in by the time you get to the hike a bike at the top end of Loch Lomond?

  2. Good luck guys, its a great ride. I did it a few years ago in the other direction in 18 hours. It was a real sense of achievement reaching Fort William. Highly recommend a stop at the Green Welly at Tyndrum to re-fuel. Hope the weather is kind to you, its a long way in the rain!

  3. Good luck guys, a great charity wish I could come – well maybe not just the now…

  4. best of luck – hope there is some wind and drops the midgy’s out of the sky!!!

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