Aberdeen cyclists raise £3,000 for charities with 220-mile ride

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An Aberdeen cycling group took on a 220-mile ride in just four days in the name of charity.

John Halliday, 39, and the “Cyclepaths” took on the journey from Inverness to Campbeltown along the Kintyre peninsula to raise money for two charities close to John’s heart – Bield and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

And together the Cyclepaths, made up of a team of five cyclists and a driver, raised a £3,135 to split between the charities.

John said: “The cycle was very challenging as we climbed around 13,000 feet as part of the 220-mile cycle.

“The weather changed a lot over the four days and we were graced with good weather for the start but the last two days were a wash-out.

“We were glad to see the finish line and after a long drive back to Aberdeen that signalled the end of the trip.

“We collected donations through a Virgin Money Giving page, and the support we received was just incredible and we managed to raise £3,135.”

The charities were chosen in memory of John’s aunt, Yvonne, who was a tenant at Bield’s St Andrews Court development in Broxburn for eight years, and Stuart Birnie, a close friend of the group, who passed away after suffering from an arterial embolism.