Get on your bike for the Ythan Cycle Run

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The Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum is encouraging cyclists of all ages and abilities to take part in this year’s Ythan Cycle Run.

Taking place this Saturday (September 6) at 1pm, the run offers a choice of two routes through the Formartine countryside – an eight-mile ‘family’ route, or a more taxing 26-mile ‘challenge’ circuit.

Starting and finishing at the Dr Spence Memorial Hall in Udny Green, the family route offers a sedate cycle along quiet roads. Meanwhile, the Challenge route aims to test the mettle, heading off towards Esslemont before turning towards Methlick, where Rotarians will be running a refreshment point.

From Methlick, the route heads past Earlsford and south towards Tarves, before returning to Udny Green.

This year’s chosen charity is ‘Charlie House’ - a new, locally-based children’s charity which engages in activities and projects to support children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.

The charity has recently launched a capital appeal to build a much-needed respite and care facility for this group of children and their families.

In addition to raising money for Charlie House, cyclists will also have the option of raising sponsorship funds for the charities of their own choice.

Event organiser, Oldmeldrum Rotarian Maurice Clarke, said he was looking forward to another successful cycle run event.

He added: “Our past cycle runs have been well supported and have raised a lot of money for local charities”

“This year, we are delighted to be supporting Charlie House as our chosen charity.

“The different routes will mean that cycle run is a great day out for families, as well as offering a tougher challenge for the more experienced cyclist.”

Last year’s run attracted the event’s best turnout - 77 cyclists for both routes.

Further details about this year’s event, including entry forms, are available online at