A firefighter has cycled from the north to south of Scotland in five days

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By Steven O'Neill

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A firefighter has cycled from Scotland’s most northerly fire station to the most southerly in less than a week.

Lewis Clark pedalled the epic 500+ mile journey for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust and the Fire Fighters Charity.

The 26-year-old, from Livingston, began his mammoth journey from Baltasound in Shetland to Drummore, near Stranraer, on Friday August 30.

He cycled across five gruelling days, often in heavy wind and rain, stopping off at fire stations in Inverness, Dingwall, Ayr and Polmadie and the SFRS national HQ in Cambuslang to re-charge along the way.

Speaking after arriving at the finish line in Drummore, Lewis said: said: “It was great to give something back to both charities.

“I thought if I aim for something outside my comfort zone and that sounds a bit tougher I could raise more awareness and money.

 “My aim was to reach 100 miles per day as a milestone and to be honest, the rain just made me push on so I could finish quicker!”

Lewis, a Crew Manager at Bathgate Community Fire Station, admitted he never had much preparation prior to his journey – and had never cycled over 100 miles in a single day before this.

He said: “It was a long cycle with some horrible weather but I’m really proud that I have did it.

 

“My family thought it was a little mad, but they are kind of used to me coming up with unusual ideas and running with them so they were in full support.

“I just popped my earphones in and listened to music and podcasts to keep me motivated along the way.”

Lewis is continuing to raise funds for both the Fire Fighters Charity and the SFRS Family Support trust in the way of raffles and additional pledges.

You can support Lewis’s efforts by donating at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=northtosouthfire&pageUrl=1

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