Dad raises £12k in Arthur’s Seat bike challenge

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A father has helped raise more than £12,000 for a Duchenne muscular dystrophy charity after his son was diagnosed with the condition.

Gary Fegan, 41, an IT consultant from Prestonpans, was joined by four friends for the cycling challenge at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

The team aimed to cycle 100 laps of the landmark - a distance of around 330 miles and 9,000m of ascent, greater than the height of Everest.

Gary was joined by Andy Strathdee, 47, from Morningside; Ewan Jeans, 39, from Broxburn; Andy Brown, 37, from Greenbank, and Alistair Smith, 38, from Duddingston.

The team took 24 hours to complete the challenge on July 26 and 27, with supporters joining in to complete their own laps.

Their efforts have raised £12,583 for Harrison’s Fund, which supports research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Gary’s three-year-old son Cormac was diagnosed with Duchenne, a fatal genetic condition affecting the muscles, earlier this year.

He said: “Weather at the start was glorious but as night fell it turned to biblical thunderstorms. We were blessed to receive such great support from everyone, with riders arriving as late as 4am to take part.

“Unfortunately the water on the slippery road caused me to fall when I hit a slick patch going round a roundabout. This and sheer exhaustion meant I had to drop out at 75 laps, covering 250 miles and 6,000 metres of climbing.

“But in the end Andy and Ewan managed the full 100 laps, covering 330 miles and climbing higher than Everest despite all the elements could throw at them.”

Harrison’s Fund was founded by the parents of seven-year-old Harrison Smith, from Surrey, who was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2011.

Alex Smith, Harrison’s father, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part - what a fantastic achievement. The team aimed to raise £10,000 and they have smashed that target so we are thoroughly delighted.”

To support the team, visit www.justgiving.com/100-laps-or-bust.