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Borders bike ride to raise funds for homeless

Published: 12 September 2016

Borders bike ride to raise funds for homeless

Forty cyclists will use peddle power to fight homelessness in a fundraiser for Shelter Scotland in the Borders this weekend (18 September).

It’s the third year of the Borders cycle challenge which will set off from Kelso racecourse at 7am on Sunday morning. The hardiest of the riders will take on a gruelling 100-mile tour which includes an ascent of almost 2000 metres.

For less experienced riders, a shorter race cuts out some of the hardest climbs and everyone will get to enjoy some of Scotland and northern England’s best scenery as they cycle through Border towns including Duns, Eyemouth and Coldstream. Both routes will finish back at the racecourse.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said:

“I am in awe of the cyclists who are taking on this challenge to help us ensure no-one battles bad housing or homelessness alone. I’d like to wish them all the best for the event and give them my heart-felt thanks.”

Taking on the challenge for the third consecutive year will be Ewen Fleming of professional services firm, Grant Thornton and Scott Maxwell from recruitment firm, Hudson. The pair have already raised more than £15,000 for Shelter Scotland.

Ewen Fleming said:

“I love cycling and this event allows me to do what I enjoy while raising money for a great cause at the same time. Every penny raised will go to Shelter Scotland so they can continue to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home. I can’t wait to get back in the saddle for Shelter Scotland.”

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