BIG-HEARTED Calum Pearson is going through the pain barrier to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.
The Westerton man is currently undertaking a gruelling challenge of a lifetime.
And he aims to complete a 1,000-mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Calum, a broadcast engineer at the BBC in Glasgow, has suffered from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) for much of his life. It is a debilitating illness that causes pain and extreme fatigue.
And he hopes his marathon bike ride will raise awareness of ME as well as boosting funds for the ME Association.
Calum will be joined by Milngavie man, Arthur Moody, who is also a broadcast engineer at Pacific Quay.
Arthur planned the route, and friends Sally and David Bertram agreed to join in.
Other friends and family are linking with the team on specific days. Calum set off last Saturday (July 7) and, if all goes according to plan, he will reach John O’Groats on Friday, July 27.
The route follows minor roads and cycle ways the length and breadth of the country taking in places such as Westward Ho!, Ross-on-Wye and Helmsdale.
The longest stages are 70-plus miles and gritty Calum joked: “It will be tougher than the Tour de France and we have no rest days and no back-up cars.”
Earlier this week they were in Somerset and the going has been tough as the terrain is undulating.
The only problem so far has been a chain break on Sally’s bike which was fixed by the men.
Calum, who sometimes cycles to work with Arthur if they are on the same shift, added: “I’m hoping to show that by managing ME symptoms properly that is it possible to lead an almost normal life.
“I know some sufferers are housebound by the condition and cannot lead full lives. Hopefully, I can shine the spotlight on this horrible illness.”
If you would like to contribute towards Calum’s challenge please do so at http://www.justgiving.com/Calum-Pearson