Cycling event success continues

Dr Locke presents Kathleen with her certificate.S
Dr Locke presents Kathleen with her certificate.S

The Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright held another very successful cycle sportive last Saturday.

The evnt saw 254 cyclists entered, ranging in age from 14 to 77 on the 67 mile route, and with the oldest cyclist completing the 102 mile route aged 68.

David Stewart of Deeside Thistle Cycling Club was fastest on the 67 mile route in a time of 3 Hours and 17 minutes, with Ian Stewart of Classic Racing just behind him. Quickest woman was Samantha Mannion in a time of 4 Hours 7 minutes, with Martha Beacham second fastest in the same time.

Lucy Coldwell of BCC averaged almost 21 mph to record the fastest time over 102 miles of 4 hours 56 minutes, with Tommy Lockhart of CRT also finishing in just under 5 hours. Martin Stone, Managing Director of Sportident, who time numerous similar events, said “This is the first time I can remember a lady riding the fastest time on the long course of any of the sportive events we have timed.”

Second fastest man was David Keenan in 5 hours 3 minutes and second fastest woman, Maddy Robinson of VC Moulin in 5 hours 46 minutes.

“We are delighted so many cyclists enjoyed another successful Galloway reCycle Sportive.” commented Ian Rodger of the Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright.

“For many cyclists, this was the first time they had ridden their chosen distance, and it was fantastic to see them finish, tired but happy, having met the challenge they had set themselves. They have all helped us raise over £4000 for the two charities we support, Killie Can Cycle and Jole Rider. This will allow them to supply many more bikes to children in Africa, where many have a journey to school of several miles, making a bike a necessity if they are to gain an education.”

The Rotary Club of Kirkcudbright plan to run the event again next August, and further information can be obtained from their website: or by emailing