Martin set for charity bike challenge

Martin Bagshaw (middle) with Lisa and Mark Hay
Martin Bagshaw (middle) with Lisa and Mark Hay

A football fan from Peterhead is preparing to cycle over 550 miles across Scotland in aid of stillbirth and neonatal death charity, SANDS.

Dons fan Martin Bagshaw, 29, will visit each Scottish Premier Football League stadium in the country, starting with Balmoor on Friday, July 3.

Martin decided to take on the challenge in memory of his best friends Mark and Lisa’s son Archie, who was born sleeping on Boxing Day.

The cycle challenge will see him visit stadiums from Inverness to Edinburgh.

To prepare himself for the challenge, Martin has lost a stone in weight by training at Peterhead Community Centre Gym and he has had helpful advice from Andrew Stott.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Martin said: “I am just doing a lot of cycling and swimming because of a previous cruciate ligament injury from football to avoid impact on my knees.

Commenting on the challenge, Martin said: “I’m looking forward to it, it will be a great achievement for me before I reach 30 but this is all for Archie.

“The sponsors I have received so far have been absolutely incredible and I started with a £5,000 target but that might have to change as the response has been crazy.”

He added: “I would like to thank everyone for their donations so far and I’d especially like to thank my wife Lyndsey, our cousin Shannon, and Lisa, Mark and Lennon Hay who have been instrumental in helping me promote this.”

To find out more information about Martin’s cycle challenge or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/MBagshaw-SPFL-CycleForSands or text AHAY64 and your desired amount (£1, £2, £5 or £10) to 70070.