An East Kilbride dad is taking part in a virtual cycle challenge to raise funds for children living in poverty in Scotland.

Wilson Raphel will cycle 1083 miles, the equivalent of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, to raise as much cash for the STV Children’s Appeal.

Wilson, a college lecturer, broke his leg in September last year after slipping and falling on a path near to his home.

The 41-year-old required surgery, placing a metal rod in his tibia.

Wilson said: “I slipped and tripped on a walking path near my home in September and broke my leg and ultimately needed an operation.

“Thank you NHS who have been outstanding and are still supporting me with physiotherapy and mobility issues with my foot, especially during the pandemic.

“I wanted to strengthen my leg whilst raising some money for a worthy charity and decided to raise funds for STV’s Children’s Coronavirus appeal.

“Coronavirus affects us all, but some of us are lucky enough to still have jobs at least, however, there are so many people that either lost work and/or suffering in so many other ways its difficult to quantify but this means these families’ kids are suffering too.”

As a result of his injuries, Wilson has been unable to exercise in any meaningful way but he has managed to source a bike trainer and speed sensor that simply attaches to an existing bike’s rear wheel and is now positioned in his garage – where he does his cycle challenge.

Wilson added: “I’ve been laid up and off work its been the longest period I’ve ever been without rigorous exercise and I’ve gotten a little rounder it has to be said.

“Now my leg is stronger but the gyms are closed due to lockdown, I still can’t run on my leg, and I don’t want to risk slipping out on a bike in this weather.

“This bike gives me the exercise I desperately need and allow me to challenge myself with the magnetic resistance settings.”


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Using the Wahoo and Strava apps, Wilson will be able to track the distance cycled each evening.

He aims to complete the equivalent of Lands End to John O’Groats, the full length of the UK, according to the Conqueror Virtual Challenges, this is a whopping 1083 mile journey via bicycle.

To donate to the cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wilson-raphel