Bob’s pedal power praised by charity

Bob Donald, right,  with BHF Scotland's Sandy Stronach and Kathy McIlwaine in Ellon.
Bob Donald, right, with BHF Scotland's Sandy Stronach and Kathy McIlwaine in Ellon.

A veteran Ellon cyclist has been praised for raising around £4500 from a gruelling 1000-mile charity ride.

Bob Donald, 73, undertook the journey from Lands End to John O’Groats to bring in funds for the British Heart Foundation.

He completed the solo journey in just 14 days and officials from the charity have visited Ellon to thank him for his remarkable effort.

Bob had originally hoped to gather around £2000 for BHF - but ended up more than doubling his target.

He told the Times: “I have to thank local people for their support. Shops and businesses have been very generous.”

Covering on average around 70 miles each day, the enthusiastic cyclist experienced all weathers during his challenge, including scorching sunshine, heavy rain and strong head winds.

Kathy McIlwaine, BHF Scotland fund-raising manager, described Bob’s efforts as “phenomenal”.

She said: “It’s a brilliant fund-raising effort, it’s a phenomenal achievement. He did it on his own with no back up support - unbelievable.

“We’re delighted that people want to do things like this and it would be great if other people could do something similar.

“We don’t expect everybody to go from Lands End to John O’Groats, but anything they’d like to do we’d love to hear from them.”

Sandy Stronach, chair of the organisation’s Gordon branch, added: “I think it’s an amazing achievement and I’m proud of Bob’s efforts.

“To do something like that unaccompanied is fantastic.”

Bob is not resting on his laurels, though, and is planning to take part in the 70-mile BHF Loch Ness Bike Ride next month.

Anyone wanting further details about the August 30 event should visit