Morebattle cyclist celebrates birthday by raising £2,400 for cancer research

Maureen Carr, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Kelso accepts a cheque from Gilbert Elliot, of Morebattle, who cycled 76 miles over two days to raise �2,400.
Maureen Carr, manager of the Cancer Research UK shop in Kelso accepts a cheque from Gilbert Elliot, of Morebattle, who cycled 76 miles over two days to raise �2,400.

MOST people on reaching the age of 76 will probably plan to celebrate quietly, with perhaps a few drinks or a bit of a party with family and friends, writes Mark Entwistle.

Not so Gilbert Elliot, from Morebattle. For Gilbert plumped for a 76-mile bike ride across the Borders over two days last month, raising £2,400 for the Cancer Research UK charity.

Mr Elliot roped in family friend, former Southern sports editor and now chief rugby writer on The Scotsman, David Ferguson, neighbour Suzanne Gray, as well as Mr Elliot’s son Calum, to keep him company.

Other neighbours from Morebattle, David and Jane Gray, provided the back-up support vehicle in the shape of their horsebox.

“My wife, May, died of cancer just before Christmas and I wanted to do something to raise money to help fight the disease,” Mr Elliot told TheSouthern.

Mr Elliot says he had done a “wee bit of biking” in the past, so felt up to the challenge of cycling from Kelso to Morebattle by way of Heiton, Ednam, Leitholm, Swinton Hill, Coldstream, Wark and Sprouston on the Saturday.

Then Yetholm, Kirk Yetholm, Coldstream, Milfield and Mindrum on the Sunday.

“I just thought, with it being my 76th birthday, that we would cover 76 miles. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – nobody complained anyway! And we managed to raise £2,400 for Cancer Research UK which was fantastic”, he said.