Fun for all at Ythan Cycle Run

Start of the family route at the Ythan Cycle Run
Start of the family route at the Ythan Cycle Run

The Ythan Cycle Run held its fifth annual event which was organised by Oldmeldrum Rotary Club.

With more than 75 participants, it was up on the number of entrants from previous years.

Family route: Cyclists are gearing up for the start

Family route: Cyclists are gearing up for the start

The 28 mile challenge route welcomed 44 cyclists, which went from Udny Green to Methlick and returned through Tarves.

Four buggies were pulled along on the more relaxing eight mile, family route along with 17 adults and 13 children.

This year’s event supported the charity, Autism Scotland, however cyclists who were sponsored were given the choice to donate half of the money they raised to a charity of their own choice.

So far, £1,700 has been collected through entrance fees, donations and sponsorship money.

Cyclists out on the road during the Ythan Cycle Run

Cyclists out on the road during the Ythan Cycle Run

The final total is expected to be in the region of £4,000.

Event organiser Oldmeldrum Rotarian Maurice Clarke thanked all the participants.

Mrs Clarke said: “This was another successful event for the club. Although the good weather clearly played a part in the good turnout, we’re absolutely thrilled with the numbers which took part.

“Although there’s no requirement to have sponsorship, a number of riders managed to raise some very significant sums, both for Autism Scotland and in some cases their own chosen charities.

“We hope that people will look out for next year’s event which will probably be in early September 2014.”