Father and son take on gruelling charity challenge

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FATHER’S Day may be a time for parent and child bonding — but one Newton Mearns father and son have bigger , month-long plans.

Gavin and Jonno Hanna are in training for their biggest charity challenge yet — cycling across the USA in just one month.

Four years ago, Gavin (47) cycled the 295 miles from Newton Mearns to John O’Groats, and both dad and son — a fifth year pupil at Mearns Castle high — have cycled the length of Scotland (400 miles) in five days. It was this trip that inspired Jonno (16) to tackle a bigger challenge.

Gavin told The Extra: “It will mean averaging around 100 miles a day for 30 days in a row, with two emergency days in reserve for mechanical or physical breakdown.

“Without support, in the summer heat (most days at 90-105 degrees) and with a week at altitudes that will significantly affect our ability, this will be the challenge of our lives.”

The pair set out from Los Angeles on June 24, making their way to a finishing line in Annapolis.

Their efforts won’t be in vain, as the duo are raising money for Scottish charity the Vine Trust, working to fund a medical ship for isolated communities on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

Gavin and Jonno will be updating a blog throughout the journey — to follow their progress, visit gavandjonno.wordpress.com.

To sponor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/Gavin-n-Jonno-Hanna.