Ali’s challenge took 5 days, cycling through remote parts of Scotland and both of Scotland’s National Parks. She cycled a route using the Speyside Way, the Gaick Pass, A9 cycle path, Rob Roy Way, Great Trossachs Path, West Highland Way and national cycle route back to the south east side of Glasgow.
After the ride Ali said:
“This challenging but hugely enjoyable journey reinforced for me how important it is to be able to spend time in nature with fresh air and wildlife, however small, as a positive impact on our wellbeing. This is why Horatio’s Garden does such valuable work in providing access to such a space at a time of someone’s greatest need, following a spinal injury. The journey had its challenges, including sections where I had to push or carry my bike and gear, torrential rain and mud, and Mexican stand offs with cows blocking the path, but it was very rewarding. Time to live simply and reflect, time to enjoy my wonderful home country, and the support from others – friends, loved ones and complete strangers- was superb. I recommend it to you all!”
Before the ride Ali explained her reasons for supporting Horatio’s Garden: “Horatio’s Garden marries many of my interests, influences and values. Having been inspired by my daughter’s adventuring I had been on an expedition with British Exploring. My daughter had been on Horatio’s expedition and knew him and his friends. When I then heard about Horatio’s Garden I was impressed and inspired by his insightful idea and determined fundraising. My son’s friend had suffered paralysis following a rugby accident, and Horatio’s Garden idea really struck a chord. So I’d be delighted to raise some funds for Horatio’s Garden, especially as their next project is a garden in Glasgow’s spinal unit.
So please give what you can, every little bit is very much appreciated.”
To sponsor Ali in this epic challenge please click here