Alex to take on five challenges for charity

Alex Barelle will begin his challenges this weekend
Alex Barelle will begin his challenges this weekend

An Inverurie fundraiser is taking on five gruelling physical challenges over five weeks in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Alex Barelle (51) decided to take on the five week challenge after his friend’s daughter Abigail was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer, in January 2014 at the age of 18.

Ewing’s Sarcoma generally affects children and young adults, and as in Abigail’s case is most commonly in bone.

After 12 months of aggressive treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow biopsies, fertility preservation, and finally in February 2015 a large part of Abigail’s hip bone was removed, the tumours were thought to be gone and she was on low level chemo as a monthly maintenance program to keep the tumours away.

Unfortunately, in June this year Abigail was given the devastating news that the tumours had come back and that her cancer was incurable.

Abigail continues to recieve conventional treatments to try and keep the tumours from growing whilst also taking Mistletoe therapy which can have an effect on cancer cells and can help stimulate the body’s own immune system.

Alex will be tackling three cycling events starting on August 27 with Ride the North, a cycling challenge through the Grampian Highlands.

He’ll follow this by cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats over 12 days starting from September 2.

In the middle of this challenging cycle, Alex will take a detour to complete the Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle, Pedal for Scotland.

He will then move onto the High Five Challenge which is a 24 hour overnight hiking challenge to climb the five highest peaks in the UK, all of which are in Scotland.

Alex will round off his 5 gruelling challenges by competing in the Chester Marathon on October 2.

To sponsor Alex and find out more about his challenge visit his JustGiving page at