Bute cyclists Marion and Sarah set for biggest challenge yet

Sarah and Marion Murdoch plan to cycle the length of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head, in June to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.

Sarah and Marion Murdoch plan to cycle the length of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head, in June to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.

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Rothesay cyclist Marion Murdoch and her daughter Sarah are preparing to take their fund-raising efforts for Alzheimer Scotland to a new level by cycling the west coast of Ireland in June.

The duo cycled 90 miles from Wemyss Bay to Stranraer in a day in May 2014, and three hundred miles from London to Paris in four days a year later, to support the charity.

But they’re now in training for their biggest challenge yet, the 525 miles from Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point of Ireland, to Malin Head, the country’s most northerly point.

“We were looking for something a bit more than the three hundred plus miles we did last year,” Marion, whose father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, told The Buteman, “and I thought this one would be a bit more of a challenge.

“Sarah was like ‘whatever you want, mum’, but I think you’ve got to keep extending the boundaries a bit. The only thing that’s worrying me is the Irish weather!”

Sarah has set up a JustGiving page for family and friends to donate to the cause - you can find it at www.justgiving.com/sarah-murdoch4.