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The National (Scotland)

Top Scottish cyclist set to break second world-record for good cause

Christina Mackenzie has already broken one world record

A SCOTTISH cycling legend is preparing to break their second Guinness World Record.

Christina Mackenzie will attempt to break the record for fastest woman to cycle the North Coast 500, when she sets off on Friday, May 13.

Beginning in the early hours at Inverness Castle, the 516-mile route needs to be completed within 35 hours in order to achieve this second major feat.

Ahead of this Friday’s challenge, the Stirlingshire resident said: “It has been a tough six months with training and battling the Scottish winter, but also good preparation for any conditions we may encounter.

“Now all the hard work has been done, I am looking forward to getting started and hopefully I can enjoy some of the fabulous scenery the course has to offer, but I am excited to see people roadside supporting.

“This is great motivation, especially when I will be going through difficult times, it will be great to see people by the side of the road offering (shouting) words of support, it really does make a difference!”

In 2021, Christina grabbed her first world record by becoming the fastest woman to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. She completed the more than 800-mile journey in 51 hours, 5 minutes and 27 seconds.

Fundraising while she cycles, Christina has nominated Cruse Scotland, a charity providing professional bereavement support free of charge to those suffering the loss of a loved one.

The world-record holder explained her choice came from personal experience, with Cruse Scotland providing her support and advice as she dealt with the passing of her parents.

Scott Maxwell, community fundraising and events manager for Cruse Scotland, said: “Christina is an inspiration. Not only is she showing real bravery by taking on such an incredible challenge, but it must have also taken real courage for her to share her story and personal experience of grief.

“We’re so grateful for all she is doing; she may make it easier for someone who has been struggling to cope with their grief to reach out to any of our services, and any funds she raises through sponsorship will ensure all our services are free and accessible to those who need additional support. Thank you Christina and good luck!”

A live link to track Christina’s progress will be shared on her social media (@lejogmack) on Friday morning when she begins her challenge, so fans can follow along as she goes.

Those that wish to support her fundraising efforts for Cruse Scotland can do so here: www.justgiving.com/christinamackenzienc500