On your bikes from Alford

Cyclists are being urged to take part in a fundraising bike ride which takes in some of Aberdeen City and Shire’s most beautiful countryside and will help to raise money for North-east urological cancer charity UCAN.

The Alford KT Bike Run, which is partly organised by the Rotary Club of Alford, will take place on Saturday (September 8).

Participants can opt for either a 13 mile route or a 27 mile ride for the more experienced cyclists. There will also be a special kids’ route, within the confines of the Alford Transport Museum.

The Alford Bike Run was created in 1999 by a small committee who pledged to raise money for local cancer charities and other worthy organisations.

It was renamed in 2003 when the local GP and keen cyclist, Karen Teale, lost her battle with cancer.

UCAN is the major beneficiary of this year’s event and the money will go towards its latest fundraising campaign to raise £2.5million to purchase Scotland’s first Robotically-Assisted Surgical System (RASS), for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which will be used not only for urological surgery but also for gynaecological and general surgery.

The bike event is open to everyone and there is an entry fee of £12. Those who pre-register will receive a discounted fee of £10 and there is a nominal fee of £1 for the kids’ event.

Both routes start and finish at the Alford Transport Museum and there is a free burger for everyone who takes part.

There will also be refreshments throughout the courses to keep the cyclists’ energy levels up and a lone piper encouraging them as they tackle the toughest hill on the longer route.

Stuart Todd, a member of the Rotary Club of Alford, is hoping to build on the success of previous years and raise as much as possible for the nominated charities.

“The Alford KT Bike run has been run annually for around 15 years and has raised more than £75,000 in that time. Each year, a cancer charity and local good causes are chosen to share the benefits”, he said.

“The work which UCAN does locally has been appreciated by some of our own Rotarians and it was thought appropriate that this year’s bike run could benefit the charity and help towards its funding of the robotically assisted surgical system.

“A new venture this year is a team challenge for teams of four – with the winners being decided by the most sponsorship they can raise, so hopefully that will help to boost the coffers.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Alford KT Bike Run can register online at www.ktbikerun.org.uk.

You can also register on the day of the event from 9am.