3000 mile cycle? Bring it on, says hero Don

H4H Don Maclean
H4H Don Maclean

A ROYAL marine wounded in Afghanistan is taking part in a tough 3,000 mile cycle across America for soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.

Don Maclean (34), who grew up in Bearsden, stood on an emplosive device, which only partially detonated, while on patrol last April and has undergone many hours of surgery to rebuild his shattered right foot.

The army reservist with the Green Berets, who was a car salesman in Liverpool before the accident, will be part of an eight man team - all of whom have been injured either in training or on operations serving their country, has flown out to start the mammoth 3,050 mile bike ride from San Diego on the west coast to Annapolis, near Washington covering around 350 miles a day.

The former Boclair Academy pupil, who has just returned from France where he has been training, will be one of the four on upright bicycles.

The other four will be using specially modified cyles they can operate with their hands.

Don said: “I feel really lucky to have made the team. I consider myself to be lucky compared to so may others with much more serious injuries.

“If I can inspire anyone to show them there is life after injury then that’s great.”

The wounded reservist added that the help he had received in rehab was excellent and wanted to give something back for the support the charity gave to sevice personnel.

The race across America is one of the most respected and longest running sports endurance races in the world.

Competitors cover 12 states with a total climb of over 100,000 feet.