Kirkintilloch man celebrates 50th birthday with marathon cycle ride

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What would you want to be doing for your 50th birthday? A couple of drinks at a nice bar? A slap-up meal with family and friends?

Garry McNulty, from Kirkintilloch, has decided to ignore the more pedestrian celebrations - choosing to spend the last few days of his 40s cycling from Glasgow to Tuscany, in Italy.

Garry, who is a director at R&G Financial Services in Towngate, started the epic challenge early today (Friday) and hopes to complete his journey by his birthday on July 5.

To be successful, and to spend his birthday evening celebrating the milestone with his wife and four children in the Tuscan town of Barga, he’ll have to cover around 80 miles a day on two wheels.

The journey will take him through England, Holland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland, before hitting Italy - around 1,375 miles from Kirkintilloch.

He told the Herald: “When I thought about what to do for my 50th I thought that rather than having a party I’d do some kind of challenge.

“I’ve not really done anything like this before, other than a wee trial run to Southern Ireland earlier this year.”

“I have to get to Barga on time or I’ll miss my own party!”

On the way, Garry will be collecting cash for the Medasi Foundation - founded by Holy Family teacher Anne-Mharie Pollock to help educate children in Ghana suffering from poverty.

If you would like to help Garry raise money, just pop into R&G Financial Services to make a donation.

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