Cyclists give big cheques to charities

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ARBROATH cyclists presented the proceeds of a sponsored endurance cycle to two deserving charities on Sunday.

Ian Wren and Gary Bruce organised themselves and another dozen fellow cyclists to complete a 14 mile circuit around the town up to 10 times in a 12 hour period.

The group collected £3,500 altogether, £1,845 for HorseBack UK and £1,750 for Cancer Research UK, and presented the cheque at Auchmithie Hall.

Ian, who works for HorseBack UK said: “It was very hard this year. Last year we cycled from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and back in one day, and that seemed easier than this.

“I think it was because it was the same circuit over and over, it was monotonous.

“This year was a struggle, but we just carried on and did the 12 hours.”

There were different options for cyclists of different abilities, but the main route ran from Peebles Farm to Friockheim, out to Inverkeilor, back to Meadowbank and then round St Vigeans before heading back to the start.

Last year the pair raised around £2,000 for HorseBack UK and Help For Heroes.

HorseBack UK is a charity aimed at rehabilitating forces personnel who have either suffered some serious physical or psychological trauma during their service.

The charity uses horsemanship to promote both emotional stability and physical recuperation in a supportive environment, that will eventually allow people to adjust properly to civilian life.