Cyclist Carol makes it up ‘Everest’

Carol Lawson has raised more than £2,000 so far for charity in memory of her dad.

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Charity cyclist Carol Lawson got perfect weather for cycling up Argyll’s version of Everest.

The Lochgilphead librarian, who is a member of North Argyll Cycle Club, cycled 72 times up Glen Salloch near Barcaldine to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her dad.

‘I cycled 8,860m, so just slightly over the elevation of Mount Everest. I had perfect weather. It started off quite cold, but it turned into a beautiful sunny day with no wind.  I couldn’t believe my luck.

‘I started cycling at 4.45am and finished at 10.30pm. I know riding up and down the same hill for all that time sounds like it would be dull and monotonous, but I enjoyed the whole day.

‘I enjoyed the feeling of peace and solitude, just thinking about my dad, in the early hours, and then as the sun came up and the birds started to sing, different cyclists came along to ride with me and keep me company. It was an amazing experience and one which I’ll always remember. I am so thankful for friends from NACC and MATCC for helping me through the day.

‘I am quite a keen cyclist, but this was the hardest thing I have ever done. It felt so good to finish that last hill and ride down knowing it was done. No more hills, my Everest was complete. Seventy-two times up Glen Salloch.

‘I am so pleased to have been able to do this challenge and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which were such a help and comfort to my family in the last weeks of my dad’s life,’ said Carol.

Carol’s cycling challenge raised £1,900 plus several offline donations taking it to £2,400.

Donations can still be made via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carol-lawson8848