AN INTREPID group of local cyclists have given their thanks to their sponsors and all who supported them, after completing an epic journey which saw them cross Scotland from the North East to the far South West.
The group - Jack Grant, Norman Fraser and Lorna Adam from Ellon, together with Carol Hiles from Clola - cycled from Fraserburgh Lighthouse to the Mull of Galloway in support of the National Autistic Society. Also set to benefit is ‘Confer’ - a charity which helps those living with Neurofibromatosis, which sees soft, non-cancerous tumours develop on the skin and along nerve tissue, which can affect virtually every system and organ in the body.
Jack told the Times that the group had enjoyed their epic journey, and that the elements had been comparatively kind.
“We had reasonable weather,” he said. “Only two half days of rain, and sunshine for most of the rest of the time. The wind was at our backs too, which was a big help!”
Asked if there had been any mishaps, he said that the journey had been fairly accident free.
“I had eight punctures on the way down,” he said. “We were dreading cycling through glasgow, but there’s a cycle route through the centre which takes you clean through and out the other side, which was fantastic.”
He added that he had been hugely impressed by the generosity of the peope the group had met on the way down to Galloway.
“We received donations all the way down, and have raised around £2500. I’d like to thank everybody who donated money and supported us, and would like to say that their money will be going towards two very worthy causes.”
The group’s 360 mile route saw them leave Fraserburgh for Inverurie and Braemar, before heading into and Pitlochry, Killin and Callander. Their route then took them through Stirlingshire to the Trossachs and Loch Lomond, before following the banks of the River Clyde into Glasgow. The final leg of the route saw them heading down the A77 along the Ayrshire Coast before reaching the finish line at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse.