Fraserburgh trio’s Irish bike adventure

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A FRASERBURGH cycling team has raised more than £2,000 for two community groups after a 400-mile cross country adventure.

Allan Morrice and his two nephews donated the proceeds of their eight day sponsored cycle to community groups 1st Fraserburgh Company Boys Brigade Bugle Band and Fraserburgh Parkinson’s Club.

Keen cyclist Allan originally planned a solo cycle from Fraserburgh to his wife’s hometown of Magherafelt in Northern Ireland.But when his two teenage nephews Cameron (19) and Grant (16) heard about the trip, they were keen to get involved.

Allan said: “Grant is a member of the BB Bugle Band and when Duncan, the band master, heard of our plans he asked if we would do the trip as a sponsored bike ride for band funds.”

“We both agreed to organise sponsorship for the Bugle Band and also for the Fraserburgh Parkinsons Club. My father Eric Morrice suffered from Parkinsons and passed away in May 2009. He also cycled to Northern Ireland as a young man.”

The trio set about getting themselves fit and set off towards Alford via Turiff and Huntly on June 27.

Taking in the scenery up to Pitlochry, through Glenshee then on to Kenmore and Loch Lomond, the boys carried supplies on their bikes and spent the night in tents, averaging around 50 miles per day and stopping at some historical sites including a “Lang House” in Killin.

The trio persevered some rainy weather and steep hills from Loch Lomond to Troon via the Erskine Bridge, through Paisley and Irvine and caught a ferry to Larne. They completed their journey through Ballymena and on to Pauline’s hometown in Magherafelt.

Allan said: “Cycling through the mountains was spectacular. The scenery was very beautiful. You really get to see the country side on a bike. It was a great achievement for two teenage boys, and an old man!”

Cheques for £1,170 each were presented to the two beneficiaries on August 20.

Allan, Cameron and Grant would like to thank members of the community for their support and kind donations.