The family of a north-east man who died while carrying out a charity cycle spoke of their joy now they have fulfilled a vow to finish the ride in his place.
Jim Glennie, 64, from Stonehaven, died after an accident on Arran last year – and his family have completed the challenge on the anniversary of his death.
The whole family travelled to Arran earlier this month as his sons Keith and Alan, and grandson Owen, 17, took part in the 72-mile challenge.
Jim, who was retired, had almost finished the ride when he crashed head-first into a verge, near Brodick.
He was taken to Arran Hospital, in Lamlash, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Jim, who was married to Joan, was also dad to daughter Kim, and had seven grandchildren.
During the journey to finish the cycle the family laid a wreath at the site where Jim died, and cheered on everyone taking part, including friends who were with him when the accident happened.
The family raised in the region of £4,000 for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, for which Jim had been raising funds for a number of years.
Last year, Keith vowed in the days following his father’s death that he would finish the challenge on his behalf.
The 39-year-old said: “I was actually looking to do it in the following days after the accident and I was all geared up for it.
“Time then got in the way, and work – and I did feel quite bad about it.
“However, when I stopped and thought about it and the others who wanted to get involved we did it almost to the exact day when it happened.
“There were a lot of people who were there last year, but a lot of family went across as well, including my sister and her husband Ryan and my mum Joan.
“My son Owen wanted to do it as he was close to his grandad and they would go cycling together.”
Keith added it was a poignant moment when they reached the area where his dad had the accident.
He said: “As we were all doing it at different speeds and everyone has different levels of fitness we stopped at the top of the hill before the accident site and rode down together.
“I was going down and saw what would have been the last thing he looked at and it was this beautiful view in the distance. It would have definitely taken his eye, and there was a saltire in the distance.
“I’m glad we managed to finish it.”
Alan, 45, said: “We all got together and laid the wreath and it was a very nice moment.
“From my point of view it did bring back some mem-ories of last year and what happened. “It is a very difficult challenge and I think it was probably hard for everyone, considering what happened.
“The main thing is the whole family was there for the first time since the accident.
“We even managed to enjoy dad’s favourite tipple of Stella after the challenge which was a great tribute to him.”
Jim worked offshore as a chef and rose through the ranks to become operations director with ESS Support Services worldwide where he was responsible for a £25 million business.
In his later years after retiring, he was persuaded by a friend to take a job at A&I Taxis in Stonehaven as a driver.
Jim has also been remembered in Stonehaven where the all-weather pitch was named after him.
Sport was prominent in his life and he was always looking to keep fit, playing football throughout the 1970s in Stonehaven.
Jim earned the nickname “Nails” from his time as a centre-half for amateur teams White Heather, The Royals and West End.
He was a former manager and life president of Stonehaven Athletic and enjoyed golf and tennis.
His family were on hand when the new sign at the pitch was unveiled.
Alan said: “We were invited down and we got to see the new sign where it has been named after dad.
“Dad was a big part of the football scene so I think it was a great touch by Stonehaven Athletic.”