Christina MacKenzie certainly doesn’t live life in the slow lane. While she has only been cycling competitively since 2016, she is already in the record books as the fastest Scot and the third fastest female to pedal the infamously challenging LEJOG. LEJOG (that’s Land’s End to John O’ Groats) is an incredible 839 miles which Christina conquered in just 55hrs 17mins and 19 seconds.
However, Christina isn’t stopping there. Everyone at Alzheimer Scotland is wishing her the best of luck (and good weather!) as she takes on the challenge again today, aiming for a world record beating time! This record attempt, which was originally scheduled for last year, had to be postponed due to COVID-19 but this did not dampen Christina’s determination and she has been training constantly – even through the winter!
Christina said “Through lockdown, the training has kept me going and knowing you have something to aim for is great motivation. Once you open the JustGiving page and once people start donating you know there is no going back!”
In doing this record attempt, Christina is supporting Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles in memory of her mother Elizabeth Mackenzie (Betty Bruce) who sadly passed away in July 2014 whilst living with vascular dementia. Elizabeth had been supported by the Solas Day Centre (Stornoway) and although she was reluctant to attend at first, after some persuasion from Christina’s friend, Elizabeth grew to love her visits and attended twice weekly. As Elizabeth lived in her own home, Christina said “The day centre was a really good outreach and the people in there were so nice and so patient.”
Keep up to date with Christina via her Facebook and support her JustGiving page here.
Good luck Christina, we’re all cheering you on!