Two wheels, two causes

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A CARNOUSTIE woman is tackling an epic cycle route to raise money for two causes close to her heart.

Claire Anelli (41) will be cycling the 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’ Groats for Cancer Research UK and Dalmatian Welfare.

A professional dog-walker, Claire used to raise and show pure-bred Dalmatians, and it was through her work that she met Morag who died this March from cancer at the age of 67.

Claire is aiming to leave Lands End on July 2, and expects the trip will take her two weeks.

A keen cyclist, Claire is a member of the Cycle Touring Club, Angus Cycle Touring Club and Tayside Cycle Touring Club, and completes long trips about once a month.

She explained: “I’ve always enjoyed cycling, it’s a natural thing with me.”

Last summer Claire also cycled from Carnoustie to Surrey, and is used to covering around 80 miles a day on her trips.

When asked if she was prepared, Claire admitted: “I’ve probably not done enough training. But I am used to cycling long distances, so I should be ok.

“I’m hoping that my mental strength will be enough to get me through.”

Her attachment to Dalmatians stems from her mother, who has kept Dalmatians for 41 years, Claire said: “We’ve always had Dalmatians in the family. Even from before I was born Mum had Dalmatians, so I grew up with them.”

At the time of going to press around £500 had been raised. Anyone wishing to donate to Claire’s cause should visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clairelindsay-anelli or visit her at Mel’s Pet Shop where she works every weekday morning.