Strive Cyclists On Their Way

Cyclists set off from Stonehaven on trip to raise funds for My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

A group of cyclists set off from Stonehaven this week on a 700 mile cycle, which is one of three events being organised by Stonehaven residents under the name 'STRIVE' to raise funds for rugby legend Doddie Weir's charitable organisation.

STRIVE was set up by Orcadian Willie Tulloch (43) who now lives in Stonehaven and, along with his fellow volunteers, aims to raise £75,000 for the foundation.

The group covered more than 100 miles during the first stage of their trip, arriving in Inverness where they met up with cyclists who had travelled from Orkney. 

The two groups met on the outskirts of the city and crossed the first stage finish line together at Highland Rugby Club where they then took part in a 5km 'Doddie Gump Walk'. While at Highland Rugby Club they also met with SRU chairman, Colin Grassie.

Their cycle will take them to Perth on Thursday after which they will on to Glasgow, followed by Melrose and Edinburgh. They are due to return to Stonehaven on Sunday, August 5th, having taken part in fundraising activities along the way.

During their time in Glasgow, the group will also meet with the Glasgow Warriors squad at their home ground, Scotstoun Stadium.

Commenting on the efforts of the group, Mr Tulloch said: "It's fantastic to see the amount of time, commitment and energy being put in to our fundraising campaign. 

"The support we've been given by people either wanting to take part in the cycle or offering kit, accommodation and transportation, has been absolutely fantastic. 

"We're all really looking forward to the trip and want to make sure that we raise as much money for Doddie Weir's foundation as we can. Doddie is such an inspirational person and we hope some of his grit and determination will rub off on us as we clock up the miles."

Dean Stott, who became the first person to complete the 14,000mile Pan-American Challenge in under 100 days, breaking the world record as he did, will be joining the STRIVE team on the last day of the cycle, accompanying the group as they finish at the harbour in Stonehaven.

Mr Tulloch said: "We're really delighted to have Dean join us for our final leg. What he achieved in the Pan-American Challenge was incredible. We just hope he doesn't leave us all behind in his wake!".

A rugby tournament in Stonehaven on Saturday, August 25th and a charity ball on Saturday, September 22nd at Aberdeen's Marcliffe Hotel also form part of the fundraising efforts.

More information about My Name'5 Doddie Foundation can be found at myname5doddie.co.uk For more information about STRIVE visit www.strive.buzz

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