A GROUP of North East cyclists are preparing to set out on a 360 mile ride across Scotland for charity.
Jack Grant, Norman Fraser and Lorna Adam from Ellon, together with Carol Hiles from Clola, will be taking their racing bikes from Fraserburgh to the Mull of Galloway in the South West, to raise money for the National Autistic Society amd ‘Confer’ - a charity which helps those living with Neurofibromatosis.
The four cyclists will set off from the Broch lighthouse for Inverurie and Braemar, before heading to Pitlochry, Killin and Callander. Their route will then take them down through the Trossachs to Loch Lomond and along the River Clyde into Glasgow, where they will pick up the route of the A77 along the Ayrshire coast before finishing at the lighthouse in Mull of Galloway.
“It’s something we’re all looking forward to”, says Lorna, “and it’s for two excellent causes. It’s going to be a challenge, but the company will be good, and I’m looking forward to the scenery in parts of Scotland where I’ve never really been before.” Adds Jack “We’re also hoping for good weather and a fair wind!”
Long-distance cycling is nothing new for the group. Carol took part in a recent coast to coast challenge from Cumbria to Tyneside while in 2005, Jack, Norman and Lorna cycled from Ardnamurchan on the west coast across to Boddam.
“We raised around £4,000 for charity on that run, and we hope to top that this time”, says Jack. Anyone wishing to sponsor the group can do so by calling Jack on 01358 722551 or Norman on 01358 724591