Swanny reaches south-west on round Britain quest

Malcolm 'Swanny' McCarthy

Malcolm 'Swanny' McCarthy

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ROUND Britain cyclist Malcolm ‘Swanny’ McCarthy reached south-west Scotland and the 4000-mile mark in his quest to raise £15,000 for three cancer charities.

Swanny left Aberystwyth on March 3 this year and will cycle 50 miles a day with one day off after every three days cycling.

He hopes to raise the money for the Ty Hafan HOspice, Children with Cancer and Cancer Research UK charities.

The artist and woodworker also made a plea to local authorities to spend money on upgrading roads for the safety of cyclists after experiencing first hand the condition of many roads in Britain.

Swanny travelled through the west Highlands and through Glasgow and Ayr and arrived in Girvan on Tuesday, August 27, doing some wild camping overnight.

Swanny, who has blood clots on his lungs, also had his bicycle repaired for free at the Cycle Shop in Girvan.

Said Swanny: “I have encountered one or two potholes. It would be nice if local authorities in this area dedicated some of their finances to upgrading and not just patching up some of the roads.

“A good part of the roads in this area are trunk roads so they have heavy usage. Potholes make it very uneven for cyclists.

“It’s dangerous as cyclists and motorcyclists have to manoeuvre around them.”

He said he had decided to make the trip after losing his foster father and a lot of friends to cancer.

He said: “My aches and pains pale into insignificance when I think of the pain and loss people have felt.

“I never question why I’m doing it. The things that people have shared with me fill me with determination and will-power even more.

“When the wind and rain are battering down I’m still out there clocking up the miles, setting up base camp late at night or packing away early in the morning.

“I’ve been blessed by all weathers, sun, sleet, snow, sandstorms!

“The only thing I’ve not had is lightning.”

People can donate to Swanny personally or visit www.swantour.org.uk. You can also follow his blog online and his journey on facebook.