Pitmedden group coast to cycle success

The jubilant Pitmedden cyclists at the end of their journey.
The jubilant Pitmedden cyclists at the end of their journey.

A group of Pitmedden cyclists have completed a marathon coast to coast journey in aid of charity.

They set off from the village last Wednesday on their 240-mile cycle in support of the Scottish Association for Children with Heart Defects (SACHD), which ended at Millport three days later.

The team - Stephen Booth, Andrew Noble, Stuart Wood, Stuart Clark, Mike Paterson, Jennifer Noble, Steve Baguley and Richard Leece - have raised nearly £9000 so far with Gift Aid and hope to reach the target of £10,000.

Stephen Booth, a trustee of SACHD, became involved with the association when his daughter Jennifer, 9, was diagnosed with a heart condition.

Mum Vikki said: “Jennifer was born with a congenital heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia, which means she only has half of a heart, the two chambers on the right side did not develop.

“She is the reason this charity has been picked as they support her and us -and hundreds of other families who have children with heart defects and often life-limiting - to live as normal a life as possible.

“The group did so, so well.”

The cyclists have received donations from family, friends local businesses and colleagues.

Their route to the West Coast was no easy one and involved 16,000 feet of climbs. It took them via Ballater, Braemar, Glenshee, Pitlochry, Killen, Callander, Balloch and the Erskine Bridge before heading to Largs, and then ferry to Millport.

Team member Mark Kettle, who could not take part, will travel a different route in a few weeks.

The group’s just donate page is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/pitmeddencyclers