Again for those not on Twitter, Christina has arrived at John O'Groats. Not the target time she was aiming for but better than anything I can ever achieve. Tremendous courage and strength of will during those last few hours, really felt for her (moving dot!) in the live GPS updates throughout morning/early afternoon.
Simply the best, well done to her and also the sleep deprived support team!
She's quick! Left straight from work, parked at bridge HQ, bike from back of car, SBC jacket on, rode across to other side only to see her heading up the bridge. Missed her by 10 seconds - gutted! Great turnout at Forth Road Bridge, not all SBC members. Spoke to Fullarton CC rider who did catch up with her across the bridge, did his best to keep her spirits up. Tremendous cameraderie across the country for her effort.
Well as we wake up at the far end of England this morning, I am pleased to report that the waiting is almost over for Christina as we confirm her attempt to break the women’s record for cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats will begin tomorrow, Sunday 4th August, at 8am.
So for anyone stuck for someone to cheer on from the roadside of what will now be a Monday evening, Christina is currently scheduled to come over the Forth Road Bridge around 18.30-19.00 on Monday 5th August, before venturing into the Kingdom and passing through Milnathort around 19:30 – 20.00. From there, she will head north to Perth and on to the delightful A9, and is scheduled to arrive into John O'Groats in time for lunch on Tuesday 6th. Any messages via social media or cheery chants in person will be very much appreciated and a huge help in getting Christina from one end of the country to the other at a pace perhaps not dissimilar to the horrendous drive down yesterday
Links to both the official tracker and to current male record holder Mike Broadwith’s updates showing Christina’s progress against the current record can be find on the lejogmack website,
. Regular updates from the road will be posted on twitter,
Last but certainly not least, Christina would like to thank everyone who has been kind enough to donate via her GoFundMe campaign so far, helping to make this attempt possible.
The following user(s) said Thank You: John Rooney, Chi kong Cham, Fraser Purves, Douglas Telfer, Rebecca Barker, Robert Bocking, Gill Brett
Unfortunately the weather is not in Christina's favour for the planned 1st August start, however it is an improving picture over the weekend and we are currently keeping our fingers crossed for a Sunday morning start. We will update the forum on when Christina is expected in a town near you, just as soon as the start is confirmed. In the meantime updates will be available via the various @lejogmack social media accounts below, and a high level overview of the route Christina will be taking can be found on the attempt website,
So all being well (ie no change to a currently 'predicted' prevailing southerly wind days out), Christina's attempt to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in under 52hrs 45mins 11s, to break the long standing women's record, will be well underway by this time next week.
For anyone stuck for someone to cheer on from the roadside of a Friday evening, Christina is currently scheduled to come over the Forth Road Bridge around 18.30-19.00 on Friday 2nd August, before venturing into the Kingdom and passing through Milnathort around 19:30 – 20.00. From there, she will head north to Perth and on to the delightful A9, and is scheduled to arrive into John O'Groats in time for lunch on Saturday 3rd! As soon as the attempt is underway we will also be posting a tracking link which will provide updates on Christina’s progress versus the current record, and in the meantime there will be a flurry of updates and activity on the following lejogmack social media accounts
It goes without saying that any support – be it messages via social media or cheery chants in person – will be very much appreciated and a huge help in propelling Christina from one end of the country to the other on what would seem to be quite the tight schedule
The following user(s) said Thank You: Robert Bocking
For those of you not aware Christina also has a great 8 page article in this months Cycling Plus magazine highlighting her quest for the LeJog record whilst also showcasing some of our excellent local scenery.
With only a couple of weeks until the start of the attempt "window" I am sure Christina would appreciate your support, whether this is via the
or other social media such as
The following user(s) said Thank You: Robert Bocking
For anyone not on social media, I have set up a gofundme page to assist with the costs of the RRA Lands End to John O’Groats record attempt. This is strictly a non profit making venture with any additional monies raised being donated to Cancer Research.
Some local companies in the Western Isles have been kind enough to provide some of their products so we can raffle on our page. Anyone who donates to the page will automatically be entered into the raffle and a name will be picked at random to win these prizes. There is a bottle of Harris Gin, a Charles Macleod’s Black Pudding goody bag and an Isgha Skincare giftset.
We have saved the best items for SBC members, 3 boxes of SIS gels 😁 Only SBC members will be eligible to win this item, although still eligible to win all the other items.
If you would like to donate to the page and be in with a chance to win any of these items, please click on the link below.
I have the 1st August down as the first possible date to start the attempt, this is weather dependent but ideally will be as close to the beginning of August as possible. I will also have a tracker so you can dot watch, not necessarily for 52 and a bit hours, but you can follow our progress and there will be updates on our social media pages @lejogmack.
Thank you to everyone that has already kindly donated and helped in any way to get this record off the ground. I couldn’t do this without the help from Stirling Bike Club and my 5 friends that have got me to where I am now and going to go through all this with me, Dougie, Lynne, Norrie, Garry & Graeme......Thank you 😁
The following user(s) said Thank You: Andy Chambers, Robert Bocking