The son of a North-east grandfather who died on a charity cycle challenge has vowed to finish the ride in his place.
Jim Glennie, 64, from Stonehaven, was riding with 10 relatives and friends around Arran when the tragedy happened.
Now his son Keith – who was not part of the original riding team – has said he will travel to the Scottish island to complete his dad’s challenge.
Retired Jim was almost finished the ride when he crashed head-first into a verge, near Brodick, at around 4.55pm on Saturday.
He was taken to Arran Hospital, in Lamlash, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Keith, 38, said: “I’m going to go to Arran next week and do the challenge by myself. I would have been with them as a keen cyclist myself but I was working overseas.
“I know the type of person my dad was and he was really looking forward to it. He was speaking about it constantly for months and I know the effort that he had put into his training.
“Knowing that he didn’t finish plays on my mind so I want to go there and finish the challenge for him.
“I was thinking about it a lot when I was travelling home after the news. Dad was very strong willed and I know if something like this had happened and I died, that he would have finished the challenge for me.”
Jim leaves behind wife Joan, daughter Kim, sons Alan and Keith, and six grandchildren, with a seventh on the way.
In preparation for the Arran charity cycle, Jim clocked up 1,200 miles of training.
Jim’s efforts were to raise money for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow and, since his death, have surpassed the target amount of £500 more than five-fold with donations coming in from mourners.
Keith added: “I am amazed at the generosity of people who have given money to the Just Giving page. It originally had a £500 target and dad was delighted before the cycle challenge that it was sitting at around £850. The fact that it is now more than £2,800, dad would have been over the moon.”
Jim’s other son Alan, 44, was cycling next to him near the end of the challenge with he fell.
Alan said: “Dad was at the front of our group of four and I’m always last so was right at the back. When dad fell, my friend beside me wasn’t able to brake so I was the first person to stop. Dad was lying there unconscious and I started asking straight away for someone to call an ambulance.
“I unfortunately had to give him CPR until the ambulance arrived and they tried to stabilise him there. I wasn’t able to go in the ambulance with him as there was a doctor and two paramedics already inside.
“I got a lift to the hospital from the support team from the cycle challenge, it was when I arrived that I found out that he had passed away.”
Sport was prominent in Jim’s life and he was always looking to keep fit playing football throughout the 1970s in Stonehaven.
Jim earned the nickname “Nails” from his time as a centre-half for amateur teams White Heather, The Royals and West End.
He was a former manager and is life president of Stonehaven Athletic, enjoyed golf and tennis and kept himself in shape.
Alan added: “Dad was always hard working and always willing to help others.
“He loved football and when I was in primary school he was involved in setting up the football team and did the same for Keith’s year.
“He always liked to play and also got involved in the Stoney Youth teams. He took our group from under 11s to under 19s. He was still a part of the committee up until this day even though we had both grown up.”
Jim worked offshore as a chef and rose through the ranks to become operations director with ESS Support Services worldwide where he was responsible for a £25 million business.
In his later years after retiring, Jim was convinced by a friend to take a job at A&I Taxis in Stonehaven as a driver.
He would drive a bus the company had for transporting schoolchildren with additional support needs in the area.
Keith added: “He became very fond of the children, he would decorate the bus on Halloween or Christmas and would do anything to help make the journey a little better.” Jim’s Justgiving page is currently sitting at more than £3,100. To donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Glennie