Etape Caledonia

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Liz is a GP from Perth & Kinross, she took up cycling as a way to keep fit seven years ago and now rides a 30 mile round trip to her surgery each day, where one of her Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil jerseys hangs proudly on the wall. Liz who turns 50 in April, has taken part in the Etape Caledonia numerous times, seeing the event as the lynch pin of her year, providing focus for training and her fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia has an incredible atmosphere, with the whole town of Pitlochry getting involved, it really makes me feel proud to live in Perth & Kinross. My surgery is big into cycling too, in fact, most of the money I raise each year is through patients and you’ll often find bikes in the consulting rooms! After the event I will go straight to work 6pm-midnight at the GP out of hours service in Dunfermline, which I’ve done the last two years of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia and it can be quite fun.

In my daily job I see a lot of patients and their families going through the palliative and terminal stages of cancer. Families carry a heavy care burden as well as the extreme emotional burden of having a loved one with cancer. The provision of a Marie Curie Cancer Care nurse overnight can bring much needed rest, with the confidence that, should anything happen someone will be on hand to care. Supporting patients living with cancer is an extremely rewarding part of our job and Marie Curie is instrumental in achieving that.”

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Fundraiser David raised an incredible £4,000 as he became part of the Daffodil Team for the fourth year last May. 

David started fundraising in 2012 after his mother was cared for by the Marie Curie Cancer Care Glasgow hospice. Two years later, he has raised over £4,000 and taken part in three Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Series events.

“I’m very proud of raising a lot of funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. When my mum was cared by Marie Curie Cancer Care Glasgow Hospice, they were so supportive and it means a great deal to know that the money we raise allows Marie Curie Cancer Care to keep doing the fantastic work that they continuously do. The support they gave our whole family was incredible and invaluable. Raising money is just our way to say thank you to the wonderful nurses – who my mum called her angles.

The event was great, it was a good atmosphere and it’s a fantastic course. You get it all, challenging hills, places to pick up speed and some amazing views. You also have the opportunity to ride in pelotons that gives you a chance to chat with the other riders which is always great. It’s especially fun to see so many people riding in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Team. It gives you a sense of belonging when you know other riders are cycling for the same cause.”

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Andrew Mitchell, from Loch Leven, aims to raise an incredible £10,000 when he takes on a Charity Pledge Place in this year's event.

Inspired by a colleague who was battling cancer, Andrew took part in the 2013 edition of the Etape Caledonia, raising a massive £3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care leading him to become the event’s fourth biggest fundraiser that year. Seeing his colleague make a full recovery after receiving vital treatment and support and knowing the potential impact of the money he raised in 2013, he is driven to meet his increased target this year.

Having no previous history in endurance sport until his first attempt at Etape Caledonia in 2013, 38 year-old Andrew cycles for leisure as part of his daily commute and decided to participate as he thought it’d be a “fun new experience and fitness challenge”.

Missing out on the 2014 sportive due to living overseas Andrew is raring to go for this year’s challenge: “I made lots of rookie errors at the Etape Caledonia in 2013; clothing, fuel, not getting enough sleep the night before and stopping to chat! But I know what to expect and how better prepare myself this time round, I’m hoping to knock 1.5 hours off my previous time and I’ve set a target time of 4.5 hours.

I’m a bit of a fair weather cyclist so I have my turbo trainer set up already for indoor training. But, I have been doing daily 20km commutes to my nearest train station and 22km loops around Loch Leven. My intention is to get out and build up to longer distances between now and then and I’ll hopefully get out for a practice run too. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line with my wife and five month-old bump [due in September] there to cheer me on!”

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