17 August 2015
End to End group photo
An Edinburgh man has taken on an epic cycling challenge, from one end of Ireland to the other, 60 years after his aunt became the fastest woman to complete the route.
Michael Woods, who completed the 386 mile challenge in six days with a group of family members, raised funds for cancer charities including Macmillan Cancer Support.
The route closely mirrored the one taken by Michael’s aunt, Isabel Woods, on 26th June 1955. She cycled from Mizen Head on Ireland’s south coast to Fair Head in Northern Ireland in a record-breaking 23 hours and 3 minutes, a record she held on to until 1st July 2007.
Michael said: “Isabel’s ride of 60 years ago is a mind boggling feat of stamina and endurance and following the route at a more leisurely pace is one way of comprehending just what a feat it was. If our road trip enables us to raise funds for some good causes then all the better.”
Macmillan’s Edinburgh Fundraising Manager Jayne Forbes said: “We are very grateful to Michael, David, Norah, Sheena and Brian and everyone who supported them. They’ve already raised a fantastic amount of money which will help us make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
“We help people in many ways, from specialist nurses and doctors, to help and advice for people who have financial worries as a result of their cancer diagnosis, none of which would be possible without the support of people in Edinburgh.”
If you would like to support Michael and the team please visit: https://www.givey.com/ie2eiw6