Cyclists gearing up for final push

Members of the Lands End to John o’ Groats cycle team in aid of Chloe’s Chemoo Cows are making a final push for donations as they head to the end of their epic journey.

Last night was the cyclist’s final stay in hotels before their journey sponsored by Caldera Spas Scotland comes to a conclusion; after the remaining miles from Tain to John O’ Groats are completed. Now Mark McNeil; who is helping to raise funds and awareness for Chloe’s Chemoo Cows in memory of his daughter Chloe who passed away at the age of 11 after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour; and his five cycle comrades Stevie Gilmore, Gary Crombie, David Paterson, Berny Mullin and Gary Hardy are making a last appeal for donations as they head for the finishing line.

Hot tub dealership Caldera Spas Scotland, run by John and Yvonne Hamilton, is sponsoring the cycle event as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations for their thriving wet leisure business and they have been helping to chronicle the progress from Land’s End during the last 11 days at

Among the highlights has been the chance for the cyclists to take in a soothing soak in a HotSpring Envoy NXT provided by HotSpring at their Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury, pictured, and the hospitality of HotSpring Sales Executive Meirion Stenner.

Over the weekend the cyclists rode through Fort William before heading to Invergarry and their stop over at the Glen Albyn Lodge. Despite having endured long days of cycling they have managed to increase their pace now that they have returned to Scotland and are hoping their efforts will continue to generation further donations as they make their way to John o’ Groats.

“As yet the guys have not managed to reach their target,” reported John. “Although we are told that there are still a few donations collected along the way to be added.

“It has been a fantastic journey from one end of the country to the other with many ups and downs and a lot of memories made and a lot of bonding time between the guys who have really looked after each other every pedal of the way.”

To date Mark and his wife Elaine have helped to raise over £200,000 for the Chloe’s Chemoo Cows charity and all donations will be providing support to children with cancer in the future.

Since the couple established the charity there have been over 300 children who have received a Chemoo Cow gift box containing a soft toy cow, birth certificate, bookmark, stickers and wristbands.

Further donations will ensure that the children’s oncology ward can gain from a variety of toys, games, books, art and craft material, and electronic devices including portable DVD players and iPads as well as special visits at Easter, Halloween and Christmas to deliver goody bags.

Caldera Spas Scotland will continue to providing social media updates and news about the donations for Chloe’s Chemoo Cows at throughout the last stage of the cycle journey.

Details about making a donation can be found at the following websites