Joe makes Sense of bike challenge

Joe Gibson, second from left, and Chief Executive Andy Kerr, centre third from right, with the other cyclists.

Joe Gibson, second from left, and Chief Executive Andy Kerr, centre third from right, with the other cyclists.

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A group of dedicated fund-raisers, including Joe Gibson from Pitscandly, just outside Forfar, have just completed a 104 mile cycle challenge.

Joe is the Outdoor Activities Co-ordinator for Sense Scotland and provides an innovative programme of outdoor activities for the people supported by the charity, across Scotland.

He was one of a group of hardy cyclists who took on the challenge of cycling the high roads and low roads from Fort William to Glasgow - in one day - raising over £8,000 in their gruelling Highland challenge.

Starting early on Thursday, April 25, the cyclists left Fort William taking in Ballachullish, followed by the beautiful Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor route along the A85.

Following this section they reached the half way mark at Crianlarich, then battled through rain and winds along Loch Lomondside.

The final section saw the group on flatter ground as they sped along the well trundled Balloch to the SECC cycle path. The weary but upbeat cyclists’ journey ended with crossing the Bells Bridge to arrive at Sense Scotland’s TouchBase resource, to be met by supporters.

Andy Kerr Chief Executive of Sense Scotland, who also took part in the cycle said: “Following my previous challenge to take on 50x5k runs over 50 days, I wanted to focus on a day long challenge that pushed me in a different way and of course raised vital funds for Sense Scotland.

“Despite the challenging and changeable weather throughout the day, all of the nine cyclists taking part were in good humour and thoroughly motivated to raise as much money for Sense Scotland as possible.

“I’d like to thank all my fellow cyclists, sponsors Ellmoll Builders Limited and all the people who supported and donated to the challenge.”

You can support this fantastic achievement by visiting www.justgiving.com/SenseScotlandCycle