Charity ride set for decent total

Some of the men who rode from Newton Stewart to Blyth between last Saturday and Monday to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Some of the men who rode from Newton Stewart to Blyth between last Saturday and Monday to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A group of men used pedal power once again to raise money for a good cause.

The bike ride challenges for those associated with Blyth Rugby Club started five years ago following an incident where one of the now former players had a heart attack on the pitch before a game.

They decided to do something to help keep fit and try to give the man who had the heart attack a recovery goal and as a result, a coast to coast cycle took place in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Other charities have benefited since then in what is now an annual ride and this year’s challenge took place over three days last weekend.

A total of 22 former players at the club cycled from Newton Stewart in the south west of Scotland to Blyth – more than 200 miles – with overnight stops at Dumfries and Bellingham.

For one of the riders, Colin Wilson, this year’s cause (Motor Neurone Disease Association) was particularly poignant as his father Robin died nearly eight years ago from the disease.

He said: “As with the other rides we’ve done, the weather conditions were ideal.

“It was great to rekindle the friendships and we all enjoyed the route.

“We expect the final total to be well in excess of £2,000. The generosity of the public has been tremendous.

“We would like to thank Neil Parker for organising this year’s event and van driver Mick Broadhead for providing us with superb back up cover.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Colin-Wilson33