Charities rideout makes more than £20,000 for good causes in six years

Riders canter along the Riddell Estate
Riders canter along the Riddell Estate

This year’s Selkirk Ex-Standard Bearers’ Charities and Good Causes Rideout, held on Sunday, September 2, passed a quite remarkable milestone.

The ride, which took in the South marches for the first time since 2013 – when the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden was marked, raised cash for the Selkirk Common Riding Trust, the Edinburgh Souters Society, Dr Jeff Cullen’s first aid courses and Marie Curie.

While the sponsor money and donations are still being counted, it’s clear that the group has now broken the £20,000 mark over the six years the rideout has been running.

Organiser Scott Tomlinson told us: “I’d like to thank everybody involved in making this event so successful, with the 72 participants, helpers, nurses and marshals all coming together to raise so much money for good causes.

“The ride on Sunday took place in far better conditions than the last time we did that route, with just a wee bit drizzle rather than heavy rain.

“The route itself is fantastic, taking in Lindean marshes, Over Whitlaw, Midlem and Lilliesleaf, before coming back to town through the Riddell Estate and the gallop at the Rig.

“It’s a challenging route for the riders, but it was great to see that no-one fell on the day.

“It also offers some outstanding views of the beautiful countryside that surrounds the Royal Burgh.”

Charities helped by the organisation in previous years include Scottish HART, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, Stable Life, Rowlands, Selkirk Illuminations and the Argus Playgroup.

A riders’ social event took place following the rideout in the Selkirk Conservative Club.

A presentation night will be held around the end of December when the cheques will be handed over to this year’s recipients.