Marathon cycle brings in £3,000

Pictured on Friday in Beechwood Road at the home of Ian Wren are the charity bikers. They are, from left - Gary Bruce, Kerri Bruce, Peter Thomson, Ian Wren and Bob Ferguson.

Pictured on Friday in Beechwood Road at the home of Ian Wren are the charity bikers. They are, from left - Gary Bruce, Kerri Bruce, Peter Thomson, Ian Wren and Bob Ferguson.

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A GRUELLING 136-mile bike ride by a team of Arbroath cyclists led by fund-raiser Ian Wren raised around £3,000 for charity.

Ex-serviceman Ian, along with Bob Ferguson, Gary Bruce, Kerri Bruce and Peter Thomson, cycled all the way from the town to Glencoe in aid of three good causes on Saturday.

Those set to benefit from the cash are Horseback UK, which helps injured troops using equine therapy, Macmillan Nurses and Homestart.

The group of five began their 12-hour journey, which was sponsored by D and M Welding, by heading towards Forfar then on to Coupar Angus and Dunkeld before reaching Kenmore and Glencoe. And fortunately they missed most of the wet weather that blighted the area on Saturday afternoon.

Ian explained: “The journey was good although it was very difficult but everybody managed to get through the 136 miles. We had no rain apart from a five minute shower the whole way and the weather was fantastic.

“The £3,000 will be split equally between the three charities and we have to thank everybody who donated as it is the same people every year who put their hands in their pockets to help us.”

But Ian is already planning his next charity challenge, which could be a Paris to London bike ride in May of next year in aid of Help for Heroes.