Cyclists raise cancer awareness

Thirty Stewartry cyclists joined thousands of other cyclists throughout Great Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer which affects 250,000 men and their families in the UK and Ireland every year.

The local cyclists completed routes ranging in distance from 37 to 60 miles and it also gave cyclists the opportunity to join up with other cyclists and this created a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. Castle Douglas cyclist Davey Doherty commented “It was great to take part and join up with fellow cyclists to raise money for such a good cause and, at the same time, it really does illustrate that local people are increasingly participating in sporting activities to improve their personal fitness and general wellbeing”.

The event raised £600 for Prostate Cancer and Mae Bell from Prostate Scotland said: “It was a lovely atmosphere and it seemed everyone had lots of fun, even the chap who had had two punctures.”

Commenting on his punctures predicament cyclist Donald Reid said: “One puncture is a bit unlucky, but two in the one day is just crazy, so I certainly didn’t go out and buy a lottery ticket when I finished the ride.”

The organisers of the event, Castle Douglas Rotary Club, were delighted with the numbers taking part and indicated that the cooperation of the local British Legion Club had been especially helpful as this provided a great base for the cyclists to enjoy a well-earned refreshment at the end of the ride. Event organiser Robin Hogg indicated “Yet again local people have risen to the challenge with local organisations coming together to deliver an event that no only raised £600, but also raised awareness of Prostate Cancer. We are committed to organising a similar event next year and will shortly obtain feedback from the cyclists taking part to ensure we can build on the success of this year.

This event was a great warm-up for what Castle Douglas can expect when the Tour of Britain comes to town in September. Local cyclist Brian Johnston said “Cycling is really taking off in a big way and it provides a welcome boost to our local economy. I have no doubt this was a great warm up for bigger things to come when the top cyclists take part in the Tour of Britain later this summer”.