PEDAL power will push an intrepid couple on a 45-mile synchronised cycling challenge.

Irene McIntosh and her husband Graham are gearing up for a tandem bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh as part of the Pedal for Scotland event.

The plucky pair, who have adopted the nicknames ‘big man and wee yin’ ahead of the event, hope to raise as much money as they can for the STV Appeal — which raises funds for children affected by poverty.

Irene, 59, told the Tele: “We take part in the Moonwalk each year, but find that we do little exercise afterwards. 

“My husband, Graham, bought a tandem so the search was on for a cycling event we could work towards once the walking was over. 

“We chose Pedal for Scotland and liked the idea of raising money for the STV Appeal. 

“We have two grandchildren who want for nothing and it’s heartbreaking to think there are children on our doorsteps who have very little.”

The determined duo, who live in Inverkip’s Swift Avenue, first completed the event two years ago and have so far raised over £1,200 for the charity.

They’ve also helped to raise nearly £10,000 for a breast cancer charity by taking part in the Moonwalk over the last 10 years.

Graham, 62, said: “It’s ok riding a tandem but it does take a bit of getting used to.”

Irene added: “I’m riding at the back which is worse than on the front because you don’t see the bumps coming!

“We’re really looking forward to the camaraderie of the event as we have such great memories of the last rides and we hope to raise as much as possible for a wonderful cause.”

The couple will also be joined by their son-in-law Scott Dunn and their grandson Ruaidhri.

Irene said: “Our wee granddaughter Orla, who is four, is also going to join us at Linlithgow for the last 10 miles.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Irene and Graham can do so online at