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    Stirling-based man taking on endurance challenges to raise £100,000 for charity

    Written by on August 2, 2019

    A man from Stirling’s embarking on a series of gruelling challenges, in a bid to raise £100,000 for cancer research.

    Alastair McMurray’s playing 12 hours of competitive tennis tomorrow, before cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats at the end of next week.

    The 58 year old will also swim 20 kilometres in the Stirling University pool – and then run 30 half-marathons in September:

    Alastair said: “I turn 59 this year, I’ve had three knee operations, two shoulder operations and a herniated disc in my neck. This is the last hurrah for me. I won’t be doing anything like this again – my wife would divorce me!

    “I want this year to go out with bang.”

    Alastair’s challenges are to raise vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, Bloodwise and Bowel Cancer UK.

    “You can’t raise a hundred grand by running a marathon – people may only give you a tenner, so I love tennis, I love cycling, I love running. I despise swimming but I need to make it all as challenging as I can.”

    “I think the longest match is eleven hours, so I thought if I’m going to aim to play for 12 hours, why not make it harder. So each hour is going to be a competition game. That’s an incentive to win!”

    “With cycling, I’ve always wanted to do a LEJOG so that was easy to make that a part. It’ll be over 10 days so that will be really tough – it’s about 10 hours cycling each day.”

    “Most people I talk to say don’t do it. That’s their advice. Everyone’s supportive but when you talk to proper athletes they say this is actually quite stupid.”

    You can find his fundraising page here