AN AUCHINLECK gym owner is taking on brutal challenges to raise money for sick kids.

James Medhurst is asking his local community to set him tough goals so he can raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow.

The 50-year-old just completed an intense challenges which saw him flip a huge tyre around Mauchline for two whole miles.

But he isn’t stopping there as he now is training to take on an assault bike for 30 miles.

It comes after members of his gym had to rely on the Ronald McDonald House which made the fitness expert want to help the facility out.

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Having been ill himself as a youngster he really valued the work they do.

James said: “It’s a brilliant facility that is run for sick children who have long stays in hospitals and lets parents stay with them so they can be close when having treatment.

“When I was a younger I had to spend a bit of time in hospital in London and my parents had to travel up to visit me every single day.

“They didn’t drive and had to take time off work, it must have been hard for them and extra pressure on top of me being unwell.

I think that’s part of the reason I picked the Ronald McDonald house because that helps families in similar situations.

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“It provides a facility for families all over West of Scotland so just thought it be great thing to do.

“Because I’m a personal trainer and fitness challenges seemed a like a good way to raise cash. I managed to reach £500 in donations which just made me want to do even more.

“The next one I plan on doing is inside the gym in an assault bike, which is a nasty machine that works your arms and legs. I need to do 30 miles in one hour and 15 minutes which is a really tough challenge but I’m up for it.

“I’m open to suggestions to what people think I should take on after that, I’m letting the community decide and training hard to keep up."