FOUR Galashiels fundraisers have collected almost £2,500 for a charity set up to help young sportspeople in the town.
Among them was former rugby player Andy Miller, who raised £1,410.80 for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust after cycling the 900-mile journey from John O’Groats to Lands End in August.
The former Border Reivers, Exeter Chiefs and Scotland A flanker admitted the longest training ride he put in beforehand was just 40 miles, but the Stow farmer still managed to complete the famous journey in a week.
Andy said: “I wanted a challenge so decided to do John O’Groats to Lands End with two mates from Exeter.
“It was a great experience. The longest we cycled in a day was 140 miles from Inverness to Helensburgh, past Glen Coe and Loch Lomond. The scenery was just incredible.
“The hardest part was getting back on the saddle again in the mornings, and one day in particular we never got out of the low gears, even when going downhill, because of the wind.
“But knowing that I was raising so much for the trust made it all worthwhile.”
Others to hand over cheques to the trust this month were Malky Horsburgh, who ran the Loch Ness Marathon and bagged £342.50, Alan Henry raised £260 for his Glasgow Half Marathon performance and TheSouthern’s own Kenny Paterson pulled in £296 for tackling the Three Peaks Ultra Marathon.
David Boland, RBM trust chairman said: “All four put in plenty of effort and sweat into their challenges, and we thank them for their support.”
For more information on the trust, visit www.rowanbolandmemorialtrust.co.uk