A DALGETY BAY man is preparing to get on his bike this weekend for a 300km ultra cycle to raise awareness – and funds – for autism and Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Dad-of-two David Crampton, 46, is taking part in the Nightrider challenge which is an overnight 100km cycle ride through Glasgow – and plans to boost his miles by cycling to and from the event.

The layout engineer is a keen cyclist and has previously completed a number of long-distance rides, including the 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris race in France.

The latest challenge is being done in aid of MND Scotland, in memory of close friend Chris Hall who died in 2006, and for Scottish Autism as his son is affected by the condition.

"I’m really looking forward to it," said Dave. "I had a slow year last year, due to injury, and I feel as though I’ve been lazy all winter. This gave me a goal to work towards, to get fitter for.

“I’ll be doing Nightrider with a friend who lives in Glasgow. She entered with the aim of raising money for Scottish Autism and was looking for support. I thought I could join her to support her the whole way and also raise funds for Scottish Autism and MND Scotland, at the same time.

“To add to the challenge I’ll be starting off by cycling to Glasgow. I’ll be riding with my friend and then riding straight home after the Nightrider – so it will be at least 300km.”

Anyone wanting to support David's fundraising can do so by visiting https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DaveCrampton.