Bike challenge for Marie Curie couple

A former Peebles legal secretary and her partner hope to raise thousands of pounds biking more than 400 miles from the Niagara Falls to New York City, starting next Thursday (September 11).

Fundraiser Ailsa McCreath, used to work for Cullen Kilshaw, and now works for the cancer charity Marie Curie.

She explained: “I wanted to take on a challenge and raise funds for Marie Curie: Andrew [Young, her partner] said he would support me, so I just signed him up too.”

On her Just Giving page, she says: “The terrain will be tough, undulating with some hills to go over, the weather will be warm and humid – about 70-80 degrees.”

The pair have so far cycled 55 miles in a day and will take part in the 47-mile Pedal for Scotland, on Sunday (September 7).

They start their US challenge from Buffalo, in Western New York, on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.

Ailsa said: “The challenges will be cycling 80 miles per day for six days in a row, the humidity and also the terrain.

“The best bits will be completing the cycling challenge and knowing that you have helped contribute to the wonderful work that all the staff in Marie Curie do; the fantastic scenery, which I am hoping will pull us through some of the tough hill climbs, which I am not looking forward to.”

To donate to Ailsa and Andrew’s challenge visit