Shawlands former cop cycling for Macmillan

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SHAWLANDS man Jim Dinnen is gearing up for an end-to-end cycling tour of Britain – and he’s pedalling for a good cause.

The retired police officer (54) is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of cancer care charity Macmillan, joined by his sister Jane Melley (52).

The duo set out from the Cornish site on August 21, ansd hope to reach the northern finish line by September 6-7, averaging 60 miles per day and covering a total of 950 miles.

It’s business as usual for Jim – an experienced cyclist who completed a London to Paris trip in 2009, for Marie Curie – but the fundraising effort posed a bigger challenge for Jane.

Jim told The Extra: “In the last three years I’ve done a number of big cycle tours around the Scottish islands, and the Coast and Castles route from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

“But my sister, who hadn’t been on a bike for 18 years, had a eureka moment last year and decided she wanted to give herself a challenge.

“She knocked me for six when she said she wanted to do the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle and asked me if I would go with her, which I was delighted to do”.

The southsider continued: “We decided that we would raise some money for a worthwhile charity, and although there were a number of deserving causes, we opted for Macmillan Cancer Trust, as we were aware of the great work they do.

“It allows us to dedicate the cycle to family and friends who have fallen victim to the disease, including our uncle, and a very close friend of mine from Giffnock, who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age”.

All money raised from Jim and Jane’s trip will go to the charity, and you can follow their progress or sponsor their trip by visiting their JustGiving page.