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Cycling 150km for lifeboat station

Margaret and Keith Newey will be raising funds for Montrose Lifeboat Station when they take part in a four day charity cycle along the Otago Railway line on New Zealand's South Island in February.  Andy Thompson Photography.

Margaret and Keith Newey will be raising funds for Montrose Lifeboat Station when they take part in a four day charity cycle along the Otago Railway line on New Zealand's South Island in February. Andy Thompson Photography.

An adventurous Montrose couple are jetting off to New Zealand to cycle 150 kilometres to raise funds for the town’s lifeboat station.

Husband and wife Keith (70) and Margaret (67) Newey, of Bents Road, will be saddling up for the Otago Central Rail Trail challenge from Clyde to Middlemarch in New Zealand next month. The trail is 150 km (93 miles) long and must be completed within four days.

They will be joined on the challenge by their son, Andrew (43), who lives in New Zealand.

Mr Newey said: “Andrew has always fancied doing the trail and suggested while we were talking to him on Skype that we all do it and we agreed it sounded like a good idea.”

Mr Newey volunteers on the educational side of things at Montrose Lifeboat Station and said someone who works there suggested it would be a good idea if he cycled the trail in aid of the lifeboats.

The Newey family have so far raised around £300 and hope to raise £500 in total.

They will have to cover roughly 25 miles a day to complete the challenge in four days.

They will be setting off on the February 19 and must finish the challenge by February 22.

Mr Newey said: “I think the first day will be the hardest as it is all up hill and then after that it is flatter.”

He added: “I think Margaret is a bit nervous, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be a once in a lifetime experience for me. I’m 70 now, I won’t be doing anything like this again”

Mrs Newey has been preparing at the gym and going swimming and Mr Newey has been going out on cycle runs.

Mr Newey is originally from Wolverhampton and Mrs Newey is born and bred in Montrose.

 

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