As most people are beginning to wind down for the weekend, Chris Archibald has begun one of the biggest challenges of his life. 

He is cycling over 600 miles in about a week around Scotland, visiting some of the many services where Turning Point Scotland supports people.

Chris is raising money for the Make It Happen fund, which provides extra benefits for people we support.

He set off early this morning from Perth and cycled the 60 odd miles to Turning Point Scotland’s head office in Govan Road, Glasgow.

Chris was delighted to be welcomed by staff and given a big lunch packed with pasta and pizza ahead of the next leg of his journey to services in Inverclyde for his first overnight stop.

Over lunch the team raised over £100 towards his target.

He said he didn’t realise the approach into Glasgow would be the hardest part:

“Definitely coming from Fintry over the hills to Lennoxtown. I would have definitely stopped off for food and drink if I’d have known that was coming! But coming down the other side was brilliant. Really good.

From Doune (near Stirling) you’re probably going over farm roads and B-roads pretty much all the way to Bishopbriggs. You are a long time without seeing anybody else. There’s not any traffic and you are a wee bit unsure where you are but apart from that it’s nice and quiet. You don’t have the traffic to contend with.

If I’m going to be honest there was a couple of bits where I was thinking ‘Why am I doing this, could I turn round?’ But that’s just nonsense. You know people are going to be giving you a good welcome. And that’s all I’m doing is thinking a day at a time.

I won’t be thinking about tomorrow or the next day too much.”

Chris said his biggest fear wasn’t how tough the challenge would be, he was glad to stay on 2 wheels when he arrived: 

“Relief that I didn’t fall off the bike! On Wednesday night I did a sleepover and that was definitely going through my head when I woke up in the morning, I’ll turn up, there will be a big group of folk and I won’t get my foot out of the peddle and I’ll fall off.

It was great everybody was outside waiting for me. It gives me a wee boost to carry on.

In Perth we are over £400, it would be really good to get it up towards £600 so it can be a pound a mile but whatever we raise now it’s already well above my target.”

 This weekend will see Chris cycle from Inverclyde to Ayshire, then on to Dumfries and back up to Dundee, that’s about 245 miles!