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Ain’t no mountain high enough for Prestonpans dad Gary

Gary Fegan with his son Cormac and fellow cyclists after their successful fundraising challenge

Gary Fegan with his son Cormac and fellow cyclists after their successful fundraising challenge

Peak fitness was needed when Prestonpans cyclist Gary Fegan challenged himself to climb higher than Mount Everest.

Along with friends and fellow cyclists, Gary raised more than £12,000 for charity by attempting to complete one hundred laps of Arthur’s Seat – covering a distance of 330 miles with 9,000 metres of ascent.

Having set out to raise £10,000 for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the group were delighted to smash their target.

All proceeds of their Everest Challenge on July 26 will now go to Harrison’s Fund, a charity set up to support sufferers and their families.

It is a cause close to the heart for Gary, who was devastated when his three-year-old son Cormac was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition earlier this year.

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This week, he was full of praise for the four team-mates who joined him for the 24-hour challenge – Andy Strathdee, Ewan Jeans, Andrew Brown and Alistair Smith – and many others who turned out to show theirsupport.

Gary (41), told the News: “We were blessed to receive such great support from everyone, with riders arriving as late as 4am to take part.”

Full story in this week’s East Lothian News and Musselburgh News, on sale now.

 

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