Cycle ride raises cash to buy vital physio equipment for the Loons

The cyclists at Gayffield Park.
The cyclists at Gayffield Park.

Forfar Athletic had another winning team in action recently when fourteen cyclists took part in the Tour De Angus Challenge.

On Sunday, September 4, they set off to visit all four of the local league football clubs in Angus.

A break for the cyclists at Glebe Park, Brechin.

A break for the cyclists at Glebe Park, Brechin.

Setting off from Station Park - the home of the Loons - they headed to Brechin City F.C.’s Glebe Park before cycling to Montrose F.C.’s Links Park and then Gayfield Park, home of Arbroath F.C. before getting back in the saddle for the final leg of their journey back to Forfar.

Their efforts were to raise funds for much needed physiotherapy equipment for the club.

Fiona Cameron, one of the event organisers, said: “We have the Forfar Farmington Ladies, the Youth Development squad and lots of other local youth teams training on the pitch and it is vital that we raise £3000 in funds to boost the physiotherapy equipment and services the club can offer.

“We set an initial target of £3000 through our Crowdfunding page and more than doubled that.

The cyclists and supporters, including Baxter the Bridie mascot, at Station Park.

The cyclists and supporters, including Baxter the Bridie mascot, at Station Park.

“Last season the team sustained a large number of injuries and it was recognised that new physiotherapy equipment was needed to help manage match day injuries, on and off the pitch. This new equipment will go a long way to helping manage injuries, at the right time and place.”

On the day the cyclists, who included club chairman Alastair Donald, directors and supporters, had full back up cover from Andrew Renwick of The Outdoor Store, and club physiotherapist Craig Reynolds who administered sport massages at the clubs when required.

Fiona continued: “Each of the clubs visited opened up their grounds to enable the cyclists to use their facilities. At the end there was a buffet at Station Park provided by some of the ladies from the club shop. The whole thing was a real team effort.”

Fiona added this was not a one off event but rather a tester for next year when it is hoped more people will get involved.

A stop-off at Links Park in Montrose.

A stop-off at Links Park in Montrose.