Riders smash target

James Forbes and friends setting off from Inverurie on Saturday morning on their 80 mile cycle to Arbroath.
James Forbes and friends setting off from Inverurie on Saturday morning on their 80 mile cycle to Arbroath.

A group of cyclists braved the elements at the weekend to raise over £5,000 for charity in a memorial cycle run from Inverurie to Arbroath.

The 12 volunteers left Inverurie on Saturday morning to cycle the 80 miles to Arbroath in aid of Cancer Research UK and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Arbroath man James Forbes organised the ride with his cousin Darren in memory of James’ mum Donna Forbes and aunt Joyce Williamson.

James wanted to express his thanks to everyone who took part. He said: “It’s a big thanks to all the sponsors and anyone who sponsored us as well. We set our target for £5,000 but I think we’ve beaten that easily.

“We’d like to thank Tor Ecosse, Keillor Graphics, Peggies, Angus Bike Chain, Angus Hydroponics, William Lipp, architect; Alfies, Wheelan & Co., Westport Bar and Kerr’s of Arbroath.

“We also had somebody driving a van and a car as support and without them it would have been a lot more difficult, most guys were getting lost and it would have been a disaster without them. So thanks to Laura Troughton, Debbie Ross, Keith McKinnon and Darren Ross.”

According to James things started well. He said: “It was good. The first 40 odd miles, well, they weren’t easy, but from Stonehaven to Arbroath there was the wind constantly in our faces which made it quite tough.”

Cousin Darren was unable to cycle on Saturday and will now tackle the ride on October 5 instead.

One person stood out on Saturday, after accidentally taking the wrong route and ending up in Aberdeen. James added: “Also a big thank you to Colin Grant for finishing the cycle.

“He had the chance to get in the van at Stonehaven but he carried on and must have done over 100 miles.

“And of course a massive thanks to all the boys for helping raise money for the two charities.”

Joining James on Saturday were: Alan Harrison, Mark Fotheringham, Jamie Ross, Gary martin, Jack Iveson, Lee House, Colin Grant, Steve Morrison, Barry Troughton, Jim Lyons and Willie Scott.

There is talk of more fund-raising according to James. He said: “Darren has asked if we fancied doing Inverness to Aberdeen next year, which is a proper event, but it’s over two days. We’ll definitely try to do something every year or every couple of years.”