Husband and wife duo ride to glory at event

More than 150 people of all ages - from a four-year-old to a 73-year-old - took part in bikeBalmoral on June 12, to raise vital funds for CHILDREN 1ST.

It is the only mountain bike event held in the grounds of the prestigious Balmoral Estate. The event attracted people from all over Scotland and even as far afield as New Zealand, to race or ride off-road on a choice of two routes; a 30-mile cross-country chip-timed race and a 10-mile scenic cycle suitable for all ages and abilities.

Wayne Blair, 39, won the cross-country race in 1h 46m, while his wife, Anna Blair, 32, was the first woman over the finish line with a time of 2h 25m. The couple were also the first people to register for the event this year.

bikeBalmoral started four years ago as a small gathering of enthusiastic cyclists. Last year, £10,000 was raised by over 200 entrants and organisers are hoping that the final tally of funds raised this year will exceed this. bikeBalmoral, which was set up by the CHILDREN 1ST Deeside Action Group, will see all proceeds going towards local projects run by the charity.

Event organiser Morag Murray said: “We were really pleased with the number of people who took part and did their bit to raise money for such a good cause. It was a really fantastic day and there was an amazing atmosphere with the sun shining all day.

“The scenery is truly magical at the Balmoral Estate and it offers a wonderful backdrop for participants. The event is a brilliant opportunity for the whole family to be able to take part and spend the day together. This year attracted people from across Scotland but it was great to also have participants from New Zealand – they were over visiting family who were taking part in the event and decided to also get signed up.”