We are pleased to report the return in one piece of our managing partner Alasdair McMillin following his participation in the Rennie Grove Team FORGE Isle of Wight Cycle Challenge last week.
The term ‘heroes’ is probably overused these days, but let’s explain quickly why those who took part in this particularly charitable endeavour deserve to have their achievement highlighted:
- The average age of the 15 riders was well over 50 and most would describe themselves as ‘slightly unfit’ and ‘going a bit soft in the middle’
- They smashed their fundraising target of £30,000 to hit over £60,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. And the money is still coming in!
- One of the riders, Steve Walker of Collinson Hall, had broken his back earlier in the year and been ‘rebuilt’ through hours and hours of physio
- The team included 67-year old Brian Robson and David Clarke of Clydesdale Bank who is blind and rode on a tandem the whole journey, ably piloted by Andrew Keenleyside who had to remain mentally and physically sharp for the entire 4 days to prevent any trips over the handlebars
- They rode 350 miles in 4 days through some unforgiving territory, climbed 17,000 feet, and as British Rail might say, battled through some ‘inclement weather’!
This is an inspiring story for anyone who considers themselves too unfit to take on a physical challenge – if they can do it, anyone can! The laughter and memories the team members shared will live on long after the muscle soreness has faded away.
The team would like to place on record their thanks to all those friends and colleagues who sponsored them, to the corporate sponsors and supporters, and of course to any strangers along the way who quickly became friends too, and in many cases, dipped into their pockets to pledge money. Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a fantastic local charity that provides vital services that any one of us or our loved ones could well need in the future.