Fiona and Jack get back in the saddle in Costa Rica

Jack and Fiona prepare for their latest adventure.
Jack and Fiona prepare for their latest adventure.

Glamis couple Fiona Young and Jack Davies are getting back in the saddle for another charity bike ride - this time in Costa Rica.

Their impressive 365-kilometre cycle ride from the central region to the Pacific coast is in aid of Marie Curie Care.

As well as this bike ride Jack recently completed the MBNA Chester Marathon in aid of the same charity, raising over £500 with his efforts.

They decided to take part in yet another challenge, (this will be Jack’s ninth long distance charity cycle ride and Fiona’s fifth), as it is for a very deserving cause and a completely different challenge from the others.

Fiona (48) and Jack (68) met on a previous challenge in India and then went on to do another in Mexico in 2009 and Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2011 and Madagascar last year.

They said: “This is going to be very hard work, as we have not been able to get in the cycle training that we should have done (marathon training and work commitments getting in the way) but knowing that any money raised is going to such a wonderful charity makes it all worthwhile.

“We have paid all the travel and accommodation costs ourselves so every penny raised will go directly to the charity.”

Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse countries on Earth, boasting 26 national parks. With 895 species of birds and almost 2000 types of trees as well as diverse wildlife including crocodiles, monkeys and armadillos, the couple are hoping to spot and photograph many of them. Along the way they will be going through primary rainforest, past pristine lakes, thermal hot springs, active volcanoes and palm fringed beaches.

The couple explain their trip this month is not a holiday jaunt; Marie Curie Care is the important part of it all.

Although living with life-limiting illness can affect many aspects of a person’s life, information and advice from Marie Curie Care can help them cope with some of the physical, emotional and practical issues they may face.

Marie Curie Care can give advice on: managing physical symptoms of the illness; emotional support for the patients and their families; assistance with the practical issues, such as work and finances; healthcare options and palliative care.

Marie Curie support for the patient and their family is always free and therefore needs to raise money each year in a variety of ways. One of which is through people like Fiona and Jack doing Challenge events.

They have raised the money for this challenge by running a charity shop in Blairgowrie earlier this year and also with their fund raising page on the internet. This Saturday (November 7) they will have a stall at the Meigle Christmas Fayre, Kinloch Memorial Hall, from 10am until 1pm with proceeds going to the charity.

You can sponsor Fiona and Jack by visiting their online fundraising page on