Student Sean set to make Everest challenge out of Dundee Law

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A University of Dundee student will put power to the pedal this month as he attempts to cycle the height of Everest on Dundee Law for charity.

Sean Douglas, a third-year Physics student, said he cannot wait to attempt ‘Everesting’ Dundee Law on Saturday 17 November as he fundraises for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland (MND Scotland), a charity close to his heart.

“I’ve worked out that if I set off at 5am, I will have to do 150 laps of the Law hill circuit to achieve the dizzying heights of Everest. That’s about 30,000ft of climbing in roughly 140 miles, so this is going to be a mental challenge as much as it will be physical.

“I returned to cycling less than two years ago having taken some time off but I’m confident that if I don’t overthink it and just go for it I will summit before 7pm on Saturday. More importantly, I just hope that the funds we raise will make a significant difference to those facing motor neurone disease. If you are up for the challenge feel free to join me for a few laps of the Law next week.”

Helping him prepare for his herculean effort, the Dundee University Mountain and Road Cycling Club (DUMRCC) will set the pace on Friday 9 November as they encourage locals to join them in completing the North Coast 500 challenge on static bikes.

Jacob Scoular, Club Captain, said, “We are looking forward to kicking off the challenge with the 516-mile ride on Friday and would like to encourage everyone to get involved.   

“The North Coast 500 is an iconic Scottish route and with those keen for a spin, we should be able to smash the 500-mile goal and keep going.

“All the proceeds that we raise will go directly to MND Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue – both charities are very important to our club. DUMRCC caters to a range of cycling disciplines, including mountain bikers who value the incredible work the mountain rescue teams do year round.”

The North Coast 500 challenge will take place at the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE) from 10am to 5pm on Friday 9 November, with two more static bikes available outside Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) from 12-2pm.

Those interested in taking part can sign up by emailing: cycling@dundee.ac.uk

Donations can be made at https://uod.ac.uk/2Fdm4VX


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