A WOMAN from Callander is set to take on a gruelling challenge to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK next month.

Isla Routledge will set off on a 140mile one-day sea to sea challenge from Whitehaven in Cumbria and will be arriving in Tynemouth near Newcastle for the cause which is close to her heart.

The 41-year-old’s mother, artist Anne Murray, has the condition and so the local woman is happy to tackle the route on a bike, made even tougher by climbs totalling more than 10,000ft, equal to at least three Munros.

Last year she took part om Pedal for Parkinson’s in Stirling, completing a 63mile route, and enjoyed it so much she is even more determined to raise what she called “vital money” for the charity.

Isla said: “My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2015 so it’s a cause that means a lot to me.

“I’ll be joined by my pal Kirsten who lives in Durham. We’re both keen cyclists and ten years ago we cycled from Lands End to John O’ Groats (LEJOG) for charity and we really wanted to set ourselves an anniversary challenge.

“LEJOG took three weeks but this time we’re packing it in to a single day. It’ll be a great day though – especially as my mum and husband, Steven, will be our support team keeping us fuelled on flapjacks and bananas.”

So far she has raised £750 via her page and added: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve had from friends, family and even complete strangers and I’d love it if people want to use my challenge as a way of supporting and raising awareness of Parkinson’s UK.”

Emma Hall, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, wished the local woman all the best, saying: “Parkinson’s UK is delighted that Isla is continuing to support us and we wish her well for this tough challenge.

“We really appreciate her effort - it’s only through the support of people like Isla that Parkinson’s UK can provide vital services and support our world-leading scientific research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.”