Ryan saddles up to
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A group of cyclists will undertake a 250-mile charity challenge with the help of a well-known sports personality who is used to being in a different type of saddle.

Clovenfords jockey Ryan Mania will join the group for one day of their two-day Borders Loop adventure.

The cycle begins on Saturday, with the group due to arrive at the finish line at Gala Cricket Club on Sunday, raising money for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust along the way.

One of the riders, Hawick’s Doug Welsh, will be raising funds for the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-Oncology.

One of the group, Stevie Halls, said: “It is great that Ryan Mania is joining us, although how long we will be able to keep up with him is another matter.

“A few of us cycled from John O’Groats to Gala Cricket Club three years ago, but that was over seven days – this challenge is much more intense, over just two days.

“The route takes us all the way round the Borders and we have been trying to get ourselves in shape ahead of it.

“Some have had more success than others, with one of our group falling into the same river twice while training last Saturday.

“The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust provides money to talented young sportspeople in the Borders, and with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games having featured 13 Borderers, it would be great to help even more from our region reach the international stage.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/rowanbolandmemorialtrust. The cyclists are being supported in their challenge by Dulux, Border Cycles, Steve Diamond and Booker Cash and Carry.