A professional boxer is taking on a mammoth physical challenge that he insists will be his toughest opponent yet.
Callen McAuley has never been defeated inside the ring, winning seven fights in his fledgling career to date.
And the 22 year old is determined not to finally be knocked out by an incredible fundraising test that will see him cycle from his home in Renfrew to Ben Nevis, scale the UK’s tallest mountain and cycle back – all in just 24 hours.
Despite the mammoth task ahead of him, Callen insists he’s got the measure of his opponent after months of training to raise money for a vital cause.
He explained: “Me and my friend Thomas Augaitis got roadbikes at the start of lockdown to help us keep busy.
“We’d never used them before but as the weeks went on we went further and further afield. We went to Edinburgh and eventually down to Carlise.
“We saw a lot of other people using the spare time to do fundraisers, so thought why not get involved in that.
“It’s 175km from Renfrew to Ben Nevis, and it takes around six hours to get up and back down the mountain. So we thought we’d actually be able to just squeeze the whole thing into one day.
“We know it’s going to be really tough, but we’re fundraising for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
“It’s a really good cause and that will drive us on even more.
“If we start to think it’s getting too hard, we can just remind ourselves why we’re doing it and that quitting just isn’t an option.”
Along with Thomas, Callen will be joined by his strength and conditioning coach Andy Armour.
And he believes having the pair with him will be a big boost as he tackles the difficult challenge.
Callen added: “After three or four hours, I’m sure thoughts of stopping will start to kick in.
“But Andy is the perfect guy to have with us in terms of keeping us right nutritionally and mentally.
“I’m used to preparing for fights and this challenge is almost like having a fight to aim for in terms of training and preparation.
“We’re aiming to go one day in the week starting August 10. If its very windy or very rainy it’s twice as hard on a road bike, so we’ll go the first opportunity we get when it’s clear.”
Anyone looking to support Callen and the Scottish Association for Mental Health can do so at www.givey.com/350kmcycleandnevis