Dad to cycle the length of Britain for Yorkhill

5-06-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes.  Kirkintilloch. Oxgang PS. Dad Craig Fyfe cycling from Lands End to John o'Groats for Yorkhill Hospital. Craig with his wife Jill and daughters Amy 10, Gemma 8 and Lucy 5.
5-06-2015 Picture Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch. Oxgang PS. Dad Craig Fyfe cycling from Lands End to John o'Groats for Yorkhill Hospital. Craig with his wife Jill and daughters Amy 10, Gemma 8 and Lucy 5.

A dad is taking part in a 
gruelling 108-miles a day 
cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Yorkhill Hospital.

His ambitious programme was inspired by the care and treatment his daughter Amy received at the children’s hospital last year.

She spent three months in and out of Yorkhill in agony after lesions were found on her bones. After numerous invasive tests, she was found to have chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO), so rare it only affects a handful of children in Scotland.

While the treatment itself is quite difficult, the good news is that Amy (10) is currently keeping well, and doctors hope her symptoms will ease off with age.

Dad Craig Fyfe (37) said: “When she finally got her treatment it was like a miracle. She was terribly sick the first day, a bit better the second and then doing handstands soon after. We got our girl back that we hadn’t seen for three months.”

Now Craig, a building manager, plans to cycle 108 miles a day from Land’s End to John O’Groats, completing the mission in nine days this September.

Craig, of Hillhead Road, Kirkintilloch, said: “I took up cycling about six years ago and went from a mountain bike to a hybrid to a road bike. I did the Glasgow to Edinburgh Pedal for Scotland in 2009 and got the bug.”

He cycles two and from work in the city centre each day, clocking up 100 miles a week, severe weather makes it impossible.

He then fits in another two 50-mile training cycles at the weekend and swims for a mile.

His dedication to his challenge is supported by wife Jill (37), Amy and her sisters Gemma (8) and Lucy (5).

Craig said: “ I am joining an organised run, so there is plenty of support during it.

“I just have to be fit. I won’t get this chance again so I am looking forward to it.”

He hopes to raise £1,000 and his company, DTZ, have said they will match up to £1000 of fundraising. Visit https://www.justgiving.com/Craig-Fyfe1/