They’re off! Charity cycle gets under way at Lauder

TOUR DE LAUDER 2013
TOUR DE LAUDER 2013

The Tour de Lauder charity cycling event took place on Saturday with 250 riders heading out into the countryside.

Participants completed a 86 or 50-mile route to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in memory of Steve Cully, a Lauder resident who died suddenly in September 2011.

The Grand Depart at Thirlestane Castle played host to family activities, including a children’s mini-tour along the Castle Drive. As well as taking part, Steve’s wife Rosie delivered a moving speech at the start before sending the riders on their way. The sun shone for most of the day, and all the riders returned safely with tales to tell – mostly involving the community volunteers who took part in cheering on the riders and maintaining supplies of home baking along the way.

First 50-miler over the line was Steven Littlewood (approx. 3hr 10min), while Sean Clarke (approx. 4hr 45min) headed the 86-milers.

The cash realised so far stands in excess of £7,000 – with more still coming in. The pasta party for finishers, hosted by the Lauderdale Hotel, saw a charity auction, including a signed Sir Chris Hoy skinsuit which raised £600, as well as a Mark Cavendish Tour de France sprinter’s jersey which fetched £320.