Iain McNicol takes on 500 mile cycle challenge
27/07/2018

Iain McNicol with PEAK group fitness instructor Shams Abu-Tayeh

Iain McNicol takes on 500 mile cycle challenge


Local man Iain McNicol has been taking on the Parkinson’s Time to Tour challenge throughout July at The PEAK.
 
Iain was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago. He says that using the new ICG spin bikes along with participating in weekly Otago classes at The PEAK has helped maintain his mobility and stamina. Otago classes are aimed at people with varying levels of fitness and run throughout the week at The PEAK and community venues throughout Stirling.
 
Now Iain is putting his stamina and endurance to the test by taking on the Parkinson’s virtual Tour de France – ‘Time to Tour’ – challenge. Iain’s chosen distance is 500 miles, which he is aiming to complete by the end of July. 
UPDATE: Iain completed his 500 miles on 31 July, raising an amazing £742 so far! If you would like to donate you can view Iain's fundraising page here.
 
Iain said, “Although I now have poor balance which stops me riding real bikes, I can still ride the new ICG spin bikes which helps me to maintain my fitness levels. It’s important to me that the message that everyone with Parkinson’s can benefit from some form of regular exercise gets out there. I want to support Parkinson’s UK in their effort to make their new exercise programme available to all sufferers.
“Not everyone is as fortunate as I am in having a facility like The PEAK to go to with excellent spin classes and targeted exercise programmes for balance, coordination and mobility. The staff are brilliant, committed and thoroughly professional. Their positive attitude has helped me in so many ways from cheery encouragement to exercises specifically aimed at combating the effects of my Parkinson’s. Not just the instructors but all the staff have been so kind and helpful to me. I cannot thank them enough. The social aspect and value of the classes should not be underestimated, and friendships formed here are an important part of the benefits a facility like the PEAK can offer.
“It would be great if doing this challenge could encourage more people to exercise regularly, and could provide even some of the benefits I’ve gained from regular exercise and keeping fit. So, it’s onto the exercise bike to get pedalling as hard as I can to complete my 500 miles!”
 
Andy Ferguson, Health and Fitness Manager at The PEAK said “It’s great that we are able to provide a service that’s had such a positive impact on Iain’s life. We’re proud of his achievements and more than happy to help in any way we can with his challenge. It’s a great credit to both Iain and the staff that he can take on such a tough challenge. If you see him in the facility be sure to cheer him on!”


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