The annual Karen Teale bike run took place amid very mixed weather on Saturday. Despite the overhead conditions, 163 brave participants (pictured, right, at the start) from as far afield as Dunbar and Glasgow together with many from Alford and surrounds set out from the Grampian Transport Museum on either a 27-mile or 13-mile run – and everyone completed the courses.
The first rider back at the finish was Struan Pryde, who completed the 13-mile run and only a short time later, Robert Brookes crossed the finish line for the 27-mile route. Later in the day, the youngest riders were given the opportunity to cycle around the track at the Grampian Transport Museum in their own event.
Participants on the day ranged in age from three to those already drawing a pension. “It was great to see all age ranges represented and such a strong sense of community spirit,” said event committee member Stuart Todd. “The main aim of the event is to raise money for charity and already, we’ve received the first of the sponsorship funds. A big thank you to the riders and all who helped in the preparation and on the day.”
Macmillan Cancer Support is this year’s main beneficiary with Alford Car Transport Service, the local charity, which will also receive financial assistance. A smaller proportion of the proceeds will go to Rotary Foundation.
Considering the rain, an appropriate display of a Shelter Box tent was set up in the museum grounds by members of Alford and District Rotary Club. The club has sent these Shelter boxes to disaster areas throughout the world
All sponsor forms and monies should be forwarded to Stuart Todd, Nethermuir Cottage, Dunecht, AB32 7DT.