Annual bike run needs more pedal power

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Keen cyclists are being urged to get together with friends and family and jump into the saddle to raise money for charity at an annual Donside bike ride.

The popular Karen Teale Memorial Bike Run takes place on Saturday, September 10.

More than 220 cyclists put their pedal power into tackling the bike run in 2010, and despite rain at the beginning of the ride, the sun later emerged and by the end, it was a fine day.

Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to get sponsorship and try to raise as much money as possible for deserving charities.

As usual, there is a choice between a 13-mile and a 27-mile course. People can register online at www.ktbikerun.org.uk and/or download forms, including sponsor sheets from the website.

A major change to the event this year is that the event will start and end at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford. This will result in some minor changes to the routes through Alford, and the kiddies run will take place on a portion of the museum’s track. This will mean the benefit of the use of additional facilities which this venue offers to participants, spectators and organisers alike.

Registration starts at 9am on the day, with the 27-mile ride starting at 10am, followed by the 13-mile ride.

the longer ride takes in Mossat, Kildrummy, Glenkindie, Towie and Muir of Fowlis.

The kiddies ride will take place at noon. Further details can be obtained from Stuart Todd, Nethermuir Cottage, Dunecht AB32 7DT or e-mail Stuart at: vickijtodd@hotmail.com

The bike run is held each year in honour and memory of Alford resident and local GP, Karen Teale, who lost her brave and dignified battle with breast cancer on November 4, 2003.

Karen was loved and respected by many people in the village and beyond and continues to be missed by many people. She left husband, Steve, and children Callum, Eilidh and Shona.

Steve and Callum took part in the 2003 main bike run, while Eilidh and Shona cycled in the children’s event.

Karen was herself a keen sportswoman, and would no doubt have cycled herself had illness not prevented her from doing so.

Karen received both treatment and support during her illness from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Anchor Unit and it was decided to choose a cancer charity as an annual beneficiary of the bike run.