John with Bella Beatson

Q&A with Beat The Ferry participant John!

18th May 2017

We caught up with Beatson volunteer and supporter, John Morrison, who will be participating in our new cycling event, Beat The Ferry on the 24th June. John is excited to take on the event to challenge himself and also help support Beatson Cancer Charity make a positive difference to more people facing cancer.


Q. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your involvement with The Beatson?

I’m John, I work for a management consultancy company and currently work from home in Glasgow.  I’m a massive music fan and get to as many gigs as possible (60 in 2016!).  Also, a big rugby fan and serial volunteer.  I’ve volunteered a couple of times for The Beatson – The Glasgow Santa Dash in December and collecting at the Glasgow Rocks Basketball in April.

Q. What made you sign up to take part in Beat The Ferry John?

Couple of reasons…..1. Raise money for The Beatson and 2. A personal challenge for me. I try to do something every year and this one ticks several boxes – I like to cycle, I’m 52 and this is 52 miles (#52x52) and being an “Islander”, I have a soft spot for the Ferries.

Q. Why did you decide to fundraise and support Beatson Cancer Charity?

Like most people, I know of immediate family, close friends and work colleagues whose lives have been touched by cancer and the great work done at The Beatson has been part of that.

John training for Beat The Ferry in Glasgow

Q. How’s the training going? Got any plans to get yourself ready? Have you ever done a cycling challenge like this before? 

I’ve not done a cycling challenge since I was 15! …..so training has started…I’ve done three training rides so far, the longest being 35 miles. I’m posting my rides via ‘Map My Ride’ on twitter (@majikjohnny) hashtags are #BeatTheFerry and #52x52

Q. Why do you think others should get on their bike this Summer for Beatson Cancer Charity?

It’s a great challenge – cycling the 52 miles is one thing......doing it in stages to “beat the ferry” adds an interesting dimension.  Cycling is a great way to keep fit and being outdoors in the stunning Scottish countryside is going to be fantastic….and of course you get to raise money for an incredible organisation which is making a positive impact on people’s lives – those living with cancer and their families.


We truly appreciate John talking to us about his inspiration to fundraise for The Beatson and his upcoming thoughts on taking on Beat The Ferry. 

With just over a month till we take on Beat The Ferry! There is still time to sign up and don't worry if you're not a seasoned cyclist!

So get on board and enjoy breath-taking scenery across islands, sea and hills whilst raising vital funds for patients and their families facing cancer.

register for beat the ferry here 

or 

why not check out our top 5 reasons to take part in Beat The Ferry. 

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