New Year ‘get fit’ wannabes to sign up

CHARITY bike ride organisers are urging locals with ‘get fit’ New Year resolutions to cycle the Borderlands and raise money for disadvantaged children at the same time.

The Wooler Wheel Borderlands 170 on May 17 is the first British Cycling-affiliated sportive to cross a national border, and all profits will go to Radio Borders’ Cash for Kids charity.

In addition to the full 170km ride, two shorter routes of 100km and 60km are available, as well as the UK’s first dedicated junior sportive, which covers 30km.

Organiser, Wooler Cycle Hub’s Beth Mills, said: “What better way to drive yourself on to get fit than signing up for the Borderlands and getting sponsorship to help disadvantaged children in your area?

“The training will help get you fit and the event itself takes in the region’s best scenery and cycling routes.”

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 over Scott’s View, before riding to the Cheviots and on to the border at Yetholm, finishing in Wooler.

The sportives have the backing of ITV sports presenter Ned Boulting, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative, Northumberland National Park and Scottish Borders and Northumberland councils.

To register and to build a sponsorship page visit http://woolerwheel.com