About Gus McKechnie - Fundraising Legend!
Whilst travelling onboard a Red Funnel Ferry you might notice someone on a mission to cycle on a stationary bike the distance three times around the equator and raise thousands of pounds for charity in the process. Gus is performing this astounding feat in memory of his father, mother and brother. His brother died in 2003 from Haemachromatosis and his father died in 2003 from a seperate cause. Gus has already completed a number of physical challenges in their memory. He is a Sport Solent Hero and has inspired many with both the challenges he sets himself and his attitude.
Just after he graduated with an Msc in Management Science his mother died from ovarian cancer. It was this that prompted him to continue his fundraising on the multi-ton soapboxes that are the Red Funnel car ferries. He has a form of cerebal palsy. In September 2009 he trialled for the Paralympic GB team, watch this space for updates!
On his journey twice around the virtual world Gus hopes to raise thousands of pounds for charity, help and inspire.
Gus's Amazing Achievements to date!
- First adaptive rower to row all the way around the Isle of Wight in 2005
- Rowed marathons on a rowing machine in 2005 and 2008
- Rowed a million metres on a rowing machine in 2007
- Rowed around Isle of Wight roads in 2007 on a Streetrower (a rowing machine on wheels)
- Rowed the distance from Southampton to New York on a rowing machine in 2008
- Set adaptive LTA world record for rowing 24 hours in 2011
- Set adaptive LTA 100km concept 2 world record in 2012
- Helped 11,000 plus young people try indoor rowing through various events since 2004
- Finished 4th in the LTA category Crash B indoor rowing world championships in 2012
- Cycled Southampton to Weymouth in 2005
- Completed his 50,000 mile static bike challenge Red Funnel challenge
- Has completed over 80,000 stationary miles on static bikes
- Finisher's medal from Prudential London ride 100 in 2013. Cycled Southampton to Weymouth in 2005
- Nominated and carried the Olympic flame on 15th July 2012 in Southampton
- Radio station Unity 101 Community award in 2009
- Hampshire and IOW Sports Awards 2012 for Sporting Achievement
- Lifetime Achievement from Solent University/Southampton Institute in 2005 for contribution to the community
Gus's Video Blog
Gus's Latest Challenge
Gus has set himself a challenge to do 40 amazing activities before he turns 40. These challenges include:
- Row around the Isle of the Wight
- Prudential Ride London
- Mont Blanc Trek with Weldmar Hospice Care Trust
- Challenge Weymouth
You can keep up with his progress via his blog. Several charities will benefit from these challenges including:
- Weldmar Hospice Care Trust
- Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust
- Simon Says
Gus's 2015 Events & Challenges
- In 2015 Gus is focusing on his 40 for 40 challenges
- Gus has to complete all 40 challenges before he turns 40
Keep up to date with Gus's 40 for 40 challenge at his blog.