A Bo’Ness dad-of-two is aiming to shatter a Guinness World Record in memory of his late wife – by travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats via scooter.
Fitness fanatic Stuart Jamieson wants to complete the near-thousand mile ride on the unmotorised vehicle in just ten days when he sets off from Britain’s most southerly mainland point on April 30.
The 46-year-old is due to be joined for part of the journey by daughter Beth and son Oscar four years on from the passing of partner Eva as a result of the rare pseudomyxoma peritonei cancer.
Personal trainer Stuart has already run 40 marathons in 40 weeks as part of a relentless campaign of fundraising activity for the Marie Curie hospice that cared for Eva at the end of her life.
He also plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania next year in a bid to build on the £12,000 already raised for the charity and admitted he had been on an intense training regime to prepare himself for the epic challenge.
He said: “I’m confident I can go this challenge in ten days as it’s on average of 95 miles a day I’m scooting.
“I’ll have GPS trackers and photos will be taken to as validation for Guinness World Records. I will be camping, as well as staying in B&Bs, and travelling as light as possible.”
The current record, set by Londoner Russ Smith in 2015, saw the 36-year-old complete the journey in 21 days using a mixture of cycle paths and roads.
A representative from Guinness will judge whether Stuart has beaten the record from information gathered on the day.
Stuart hopes to double Russ’ daily average distance in order to scoot across the finishing line in less than half the time on a route taking him via Penzance, Bristol, Preston, Carlisle, Dunfermline, Perth, Inverness and Thurso.
However Stuart said it was far more important he was joined by Beth, 13, and Oscar, 11, on one leg so they could pay tribute to their mum.
He added: “The current Guinness World Record is 21 days, so I have additional days in reserves if I find I’m behind schedule.
“But I don’t think I will be as I’ve been comfortably managing to scoot over 90 miles in a day whilst training.
“It’s important for Beth and Oscar to be joining me to scoot along for part of it and join the challenge as it’s in memory of their mum.”
Pseudomyxoma peritonei, also known as PMP, is a rare form of the illness which forms in the appendix.
The condition is considered “treatable but not curable” with survival rates over five years less than 40%.
Jim Stewart, chief community fundraiser for Marie Curie, said: “Having met Stuart several times I know he can do it.
“Yes, he has the physical strength and stamina, but he also has the steely determination to keep going.
“He knows how hard Eva fought when she was living with cancer and it’s knowing that this challenge would make her so proud, which is why I’m confident he’ll set a new record.”
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