Borderlands sportive mart boost

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Borders auctioneers John Swan is getting behind a cross-border charity cycle to raise money for local chidren.

For the company, which has marts in St Boswells and Wooler, has offered the Wooler space to Wooler Cycle Hub as a base for its Borderlands sportive fundraiser.

The Hub’s Beth Mills said: “We are anticipating more than 1,000 riders taking part on May 17 in the Wooler Wheel Borderlands and associated rides, so the mart will give us the space we need.

“On the day, local firm Brenda’s Kitchen will provide refreshments for riders and we are aiming to have activities for local people, riders and their friends and family within the mart complex, which is a fantastic resource for us.”

The Wooler Wheel Borderlands 170 is in aid of Bauer Media’s Cash for Kids charity, with the Radio Borders area benefiting from all profits from the event.

The 170km route will see riders leave Wooler, heading east towards the coast and then north to Cornhill, crossing the River Tweed and the border at Coldstream.

From there they will head west, through Smailholm and up and over Scott’s View, before riding to the Cheviots and on to the border at Yetholm, finishing in Wooler.

The Borderlands will be the first British Cycling-affiliated sportive to cross a national border.

Shorter routes of 100km and 60km are offered and organisers are putting on the UK’s first dedicated junior sportive, to cover 30km.

John Swan Ltd managing director Steven Wilson said: “We are delighted to be hosting the event at our Wooler auction mart this year for the first time. As we have auction marts on both sides of the border the Borderlands theme is very important to us. We wish everyone good luck with the event and I am delighted that the very important charity Cash for Kids is benefiting too.”

To sign up for the event and to build a sponsorship page visit http://woolerwheel.com and use the links on the home page.