AN IMPORTANT NATIONAL cancer charity was provided with a £150,000 boost at the weekend when well over 4000 cyclists took to the Highland roads.
These included local Moray politician Richard Lochhead, whose determination to give something back to the charity that has helped his family through their own crisis.
Mr Lochhead took time out from campaigning for re-election to the Scottish Parliament to line up at the Etape Loch Ness on Sunday – duly completing the 66-mile event and in doing so contributing almost £9000 to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Shortly after crossing the finishing line Mr Lochhead said: “The Etape today was amazing – great organisation, weather, scenery and cakes.
“66miles cycled, over 3000 calories lost and most importantly £9000 gained for Macmillan Cancer so far – a big huge thanks to all my generous sponsors and well done everyone else who raised cash for good causes.”
Cyclists from throughout the UK – including many from Moray – took part in the event with its director, Malcolm Sutherland, saying he was “thrilled” at it being the largest so far: “We have had some fantastic feedback and it is a joy to see that the months of planning and organisation were all worthwhile.”
Peter Bush, VisitScotland’s director of events, also had every reason to smile, adding: “The organisers have done a tremendous job in creating a unique cycling experience in one of the most scenic settings the Scottish Highlands has to offer.”