Congratulations to our Trustee, John Murray, who recently completed the Southern Upland Way Coast to Coast Cycle ride, supported by fellow Trustee Jude Knowles, to raise money for MND Scotland.
The Southern Upland Way (SUW) covers the full width of Scotland from Portpatrick to
Cockburnspath and is Britain’s first official Coast to Coast long distance path. The challenging
upland route is generally walked in 12-16 days. A group of local cyclists decided to create a road version, following the SUW as closely as possible. A route totalling 201 miles with 10,950 feet of climbing was devised.
Moniaive lads Jake Arnold, Johnny Macklin and Jock Murray, were part of the thirteen riders
who dipped their back wheels in the sea at Portpatrick on 30th April, then cycled through New
Luce, Newton Stewart, past Clatteringshaws to arrive in Moniaive 66 miles later.
The second day took in the 79 miles from Moniaive, via Wanlockhead (Scotland’s highest
village), through Moffat, Tibbie Shiels to end at Innerleithen.
The riders set off on the last day to ride the 56 miles from Innerleithen, passing Tweedbank,
Duns, Cockburnspath to dip their front wheels in the North Sea at Cove.
The three days, whilst tough, were thoroughly enjoyed by the riders as they made their way
through the rugged and beautiful upland scenery. They would like to thank family and friends
for their support and encouragement and everyone who donated or sponsored them on this
endeavour. At the time of writing they had raised £5,621 for MND Scotland, a charity
supporting those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
A number of individuals, organisations and business require special thanks:
Fernhill Hotel, Portpatrick
Café Arieti, Moffat
The Potting Shed Restaurant, Duns
Fosyth Butchers, Sanquhar
Three Villages Café, Penpont
Ian Turnbull & Malcolm Thompson
Kerr & Smith, Cumnock
Kirkconnel Heritage Society
Kelloholm Community Council
Thanks also to Jude Knowles and Sheena Murray who crewed the much appreciated support
vehicle, carrying bags and distributing, food, water and encouragement along the way!
The Just Giving page (open until the end of June) and a video of the ride, prepared by Tom,
the SUW Ranger, are on the links below:
The route has been adopted as the official road version of the Southern Upland Way.