LAST month, workforce analytics lead Ian MacRae cycled the intrepid North Coast 500. (For those of you who don’t know what a workforce analytics lead does, they provide data and analytics that is used for planning our future workforce.)
With three friends, Ian cycled just under 520 miles in five days with more than 35,000ft of climbing. “While the scenery was spectacular, the hills were brutal,” Ian said. “The first day in the pouring rain was a challenge, mostly due to the Bealach Na Ba, the toughest hill climb in the UK, faced after 80 soggy miles.
“Day three from Ullapool to Durness nearly killed me and when I got to the hostel, I wasn’t fit for much. Getting started the next day was torture. I have Crohn’s disease and suffer from fatigue at the best of times, but I had already been running on empty since halfway through the first day and only a donkey-like stubbornness kept me going.
“On our last day, we cycled from Wick to Inverness, 103 miles directly but 120 following our somewhat circuitous route, and arrived at Inverness Castle at 10pm, pleased we had been – more or less, a match for the challenge – though weary and chafed.”
Ian’s wife and daughter both have Type 1 diabetes and so he was cycling in aid of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to support the great work they do.
If you would like to make a donation, visit Ian’s JustGiving page: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/imacrae
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Pictured above: Before the off, left to right: Duncan Chisholm, Ian MacRae, Paul Harrison and Mark Fitzpatrick