Pensioner gets on his bike

Jim Orr, Pathhead who is doing a charity cycle

Jim Orr, Pathhead who is doing a charity cycle

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Pathhead pensioner and “born-again cyclist”Jim Orr will take on a 66 mile cycle next week to raise money for charity.

The 69-year-old retired financial services worker will race the ‘Tour de Forth’ on August 4, cycling to and from Edinburgh around the Forth Estuary for Mercy Corps - who provide help for those hit by natural disasters, poverty and conflict.

Jim isn’t letting his age stand in the way.

He said: “I just enjoy cycling. I did the Glasgow to Edinburgh Pedal For Scotland event last year, and when I heard of this I thought it would be a good way of keeping the fitness going.

“I’m a bit of a born-again cyclist. Since I finished working two or three years ago I have done a bit more.

“I try to get out two or three times a week, it depends on the weather.”

Fundraising and training have been going well for Jim.

He said: “I have had a couple of hundred pounds come in so far. Anymore donations I get will make it more worthwhile. It’s for a good cause.

“Training has been going well. My cycles vary from 15 - 25/30 miles.

“Early morning is the answer to beating this hot summer. Going out at 6.30 in the morning has been known.

“I cycle around the local area, Humbie, Pencatiland Railway. I have been down to Musselburgh, Port Seton, Prestonpans, I’m still to get to North Berwick, that’s on the agenda. Peebles as well.

“There are lots of good routes here, I’m spoilt for choice.”

Jim is married to Peggy, they have two children and two grandchildren.

And it seems the cycling gene is in the family. Jim added: “I have been cycling with my nine-year-old granddaughter Layla. She did well the other night, five/six miles with me, she loves it.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/James-Orr2