Thursday, 9 June 2011

Take the Long Way Home



Hullo ma wee blog,

Last night the Lovely G's wee brother Leonard aka 'Leen' came to stay overnight. Not so unusual perhaps but this was a bit different as Leen is on the final leg of a round Scotland cycle trip raising money in aid of Motor Neuron Disease research,  as the disease is one which has affected at least two generations of the family. Recently made redundant, Leen took the decision to do something positive for others and set himself a goal of raising a thousand pounds for his chosen charity. By the time he gets home to his girlfriend tonight, still sticking conscientiously to the coastal routes he's followed all the way, he will have been away almost three weeks, cycled 1300+  miles in almost consistently atrocious wind and rain and will have exceeded his fundraising target by 70%. While by his own admission it hasn't always - or even often - been fun, I'm sure it's something he'll be able to look back on and enjoy in retrospect and is something he can be proud of always.

We're certainly proud of him. And look on the bright side. Wind keeps the midges away!

Well done Leen. What an achievement. Inspirational!

http://www.justgiving.com/leen2112


6 comments:

dbs said...

Impressive.

Nicky said...

Wow, congratulations Len - fantastic thing to do. Crappy to hear about his redundancy, but what a truly inspirational guy to want to get up and do something for others at a time like that. Very motivating.

Rebecca S. said...

Lovely promo video, but they left out the wind and the midges :) Say hello to all my ancestors for me in your lovely country. And congrats to the hero, too!

Alistair said...

Midges rule Rebecca - they are Gods little barb at us maybe....

Big Swifty said...

Just catching up on your blog, as my eye has been away fron the www! What a super ride - well done. The weather has made it less fun, and he's done very well. I would be interested in the details of his route. Is it published anywhere?

Alistair said...

I think it might be published on his facebook page - Leen2112 - but not sure as I don't use it. As far as I can remember it was Montrose, Fraserburgh,Elgin, Inverness, Helmsdale, Thurso, Bettyhill, Then Torridon, Skye, Mull - then I remember Kilwinning,Turnberry,Kirkcudbright and Jedburgh until he got here.

I did say he should consider doing it in reverse due to almost constant oncoming wind on the west coast part of the route but to be hoinest I don't think it would have made any difference with the stormy weather he actually encountered. I don't think he could have picked a worse time to do it.

Glad to see you back Swifty - missed you - had a look around at some of your other blogs just the other day......

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