Fraserburgh’s Ben KcKillop is fulfilling a lifelong ambition and fundraising for North-east charities this week, cycling the legendary Land’s End - John O’Groats (LEJOG) route.
Ben’s gruelling route is in 10 day stages averaging some 90 miles a day. Unsupported for the duration, he will be in the saddle for around nine hours daily.
Ben, a Project Engineer Manager with Integrated Engineering Services Ltd, has trained long and hard for his journey, and hopes his solo effort will inspire others to achieve what they wish to achieve on life’s journey.
The two charity organisations benefiting from Ben’s effort are CLAN Cancer Support Centre, Aberdeen, and the ARCHIE Foundation.
Ben’s selected charities have met with widespread approval amongst his family, relatives, friends, and work colleagues, demonstrated by the ever-growing money donations on his Facebook LEJOG page.
Ben’s partner Alison has responsibility to arrange suitable overnight accommodation on the route and has instructions to ensure that a bath is available at each stop. Ben will follow LEJOG advice to lie in freezing cold water for 30 minutes at the end of each demanding day - to relax!
Family members and friends plan to greet Ben at John O’Groats on August 12.
Ben’s father Malcolm said: “He is focussed and a very determined man. We are proud he is undertaking this challenge, appropriately in Olympic year 2012, and thank all those who have supported such worthy causes to date. Ben will be over the moon with the considerable amount raised for his chosen charities”.