Intrepid trio take on 1100-mile challenge

David Tyson and Derek Hamilton getting some training
David Tyson and Derek Hamilton getting some training

Three intrepid members of Galloway Mountain Rescue Team will embark upon a grueling 12-day cycle challenge which will take them to the four compass point extremities of the Scottish mainland.

Starting from their rescue base in Newton Stewart on July 6, they will cycle to the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points in an 1100-mile marathon, before returning to their Galloway base. The trio hope to raise £2500, around a tenth of their £25,000 annual running costs.

Team chairman Derek Hamilton, said: “David Tyson, Ken Mackenzie and myself are keen cyclists and have undertaken a number of challenges in the past. This is, however, our most significant to date. #

“Many fundraisers cycle from Lands End to John O’ Groats, a distance of around 840 miles. However, the route we will take is a total of 1100 miles.”

The majority of the money raised will go to the team funds to pay for equipment, training, vehicle running costs and building maintenance. A proportion will also be donated to CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer support charity.

Derek added: “The people of Dumfries and Galloway have seen the team come to their assistance during recent weather crises. The flooding in November 2012 and the big snow in March saw the team in action in non-mountainous environments. We attended 17 incidents and were on the road for three days solid during the snow, and all of this activity incurs costs which we need to recover through fundraising.”

The team would like to thank all of the businesses and private individuals who have already sponsored the cyclists, either with money or other pledges of support. Cash donations can be made at Castle Douglas Primary School, where David Tyson is the head teacher, or online at

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