Banff gears up for charity event that helps everyone

Contestants taking part in last year’s Banff Cycle Challenge, which takes place again next month
Contestants taking part in last year’s Banff Cycle Challenge, which takes place again next month

People in the north-east are being urged to get on their bikes to raise money for their own charities.

The Banff Cycle Challenge is being held in the town on Sunday May 27 and can be used by individuals or groups as a fundraiser.

It is run by Banff Rotary Club and starts and finishes at the bus lay-by next to the Deveron Community and Sports Centre.

There is a four-mile or 24-mile route option for cyclists, with both avoiding the A98 Banff to Buckie road.

It can be used by any organisation which needs to raise substantial funds.

Banff Academy teacher Christine Murray took part in the event last year to raise money for a group of pupils visiting Africa in the summer. She said: “Six girls and one member of staff took in the challenge last year to raise funds for their trip to Tanzania in June.

“It was a great boost to our fundraising efforts without having to organise the event ourselves.”

Rotary Club president Jan Emery said organising a new route was vital so no cyclists will have to cross a busy main road.

She said: “The new start/finish point was an important progression. Aberdeenshire Council have always been supportive. The new route will require more marshals, but we are fortunate to have the excellent support of our partners from the Banff Round Table as well as the Inner Wheel club of Banff.”

More information about the Banffshire Cycling Challenge is at banffshirecc.weebly.com/taking-part.html

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