A group of North-east cyclists will attempt to beat the sun today by making a coast-to-coast crossing of Scotland in just 18 hours.
The five plucky challengers from Aberdeen and the surrounding area have taken on the effort to raise money for the Chaka Football Project.
The initiative, run by the Gathimba Edwards Foundation, uses the beautiful game to encourage children into school and away from the drug and gang culture in the central Kenyan town of Chaka.
Those in the saddle are Mat Northcroft, 42, Richard Anderson, 45, Jason Topley, 48, Dougie Brown, 55, and John Nicklin, 42.
They were due to set off from Peterhead Harbour, the most easterly point on the Scottish mainland, at the official sunrise time of 4.09am this morning, with the deadline of making it to Ardnamurchan, the British mainland’s most westerly point, in the Highlands by sunset at 10.21pm.
Mat, a teacher at Robert Gordon’s College junior school and a grade one football referee, said the team members had some sporting background, but completing the ride would be no mean feat.
He said: “It’ll be really physically and mentally demanding and will make us think of the guys we’re supporting.
“The money is taken out there by volunteers from Aberdeen and further afield and gets used directly on the ground there, bypassing some of the problems and corruption you can get.”
The ride has the potential to get 11 boys back into school.
The group have so far raised nearly £600. To donate, visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/beatthesun.