Easter Ross man hits the road on 516-mile North Coast 500 unicycle challenge to help recovering alcoholics and raise profile of revolutionary Sinclair Method
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AN Easter Ross man on a mission to help recovering alcoholics has started his North Coast 500 unicycle challenge.
Bruce Rose (55), who lives just outside Tain with his wife Mandy, set off on his marathon unicycle adventure – riding a bike with one wheel – from Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC’s ground, on the outskirts of the city in Stadium Road, on Saturday.
He aims to complete the 516 mile route around the north coast of Scotland to raise awareness of The Sinclair Method, a way of reducing alcohol dependency using an NHS-licensed medication called Naltrexone alongside a one-to-one programme targeted at individual alcoholics.
Bruce set up the not-for-profit Alcohol Recovery Scotland, which he runs from home, three years ago.
Bruce’s back-up team comprises Mandy and various friends who are either riding with him for a day or more, driving a transit van carrying all the equipment, or driving a six berth campervan in which Bruce and his team are sleeping. The transit van has been supplied by Pat Munro's of Alness and the campervan by Adventure Motorhome Hire, based in Dunfermline.
The Asda store in Tain is sponsoring Bruce by giving vouchers for food and water.
Other sponsors include Branding by Amber in Tain, Librizzi International from South Queensferry, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Unicycle.com
Bruce’s unicycle challenge is planned to take three weeks. On Saturday he reached Contin, on Sunday he reached Achnasheen.
On Monday he is due to reach Ardarroch and on Tuesday Applecross. By Wednesday he aims to be in Sheildaig and Thursday Kinlochewe. Friday's scheduled target is Poolewe.
He is due to finish at Inverness Cathedral on October 6.
Before he set off on Saturday, Bruce said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to my back-up team and to everyone who has supported me for their kind wishes and support. Let’s go for it.”
For further details about Alcohol Recovery Scotland, and the Sinclair Method,