Armed forces charity to stage East Lothian bike ride

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​Poppyscotland will be holding its annual Sportive event in East Lothian to raise funds for struggling veterans

22nd August 2017 by Georgina Harris 0 Comments

Poppyscotland’s annual Sportive event is returning to East Lothian on 24 September to raise money for supporting Scottish military veterans.

The cycling event has already raised over £50,000 for Poppyscotland, Scotland’s leading armed forces charity, and is open to anyone who wants to participate.

More than 800 cyclists will cycle through the county next month, with routes designed to suit a variety of experience and fitness levels. Riders can cycle either 45, 68 or 102 miles along the East Lothian Golf Coast Road and through hills and countryside.

Katriona Harding, events fundraising manager at Poppyscotland and the event’s organiser, said: “I think it’s important for residents to know that unlike other big events in East Lothian throughout the year, our Sportive fundraiser won’t require roads to be closed.

“To ensure that residents are not disrupted from their weekend activities, we have engaged with Police Scotland, cycling clubs, community councils and the residents themselves to get a sense of what will work best. There are three routes and long stretches of each are very popular with cyclists. What’s more, the race will be staggered to prevent congestion on the roads."

She added: “We have had amazing support from both the cycling community and East Lothian Council over the past four years, helping us grow this event and create a fantastic experience for all of our fantastic fundraisers. We raised £35,000 last year and are hopeful we can break the £50,000 barrier this time around.

“For those not getting on their bikes on the day, there will be lots of activities taking place at Prestonpans Community Centre after the race from noon onwards. We’ll have face painting, colouring in and poppy-making for the youngsters. There will be cheerleading workshops, while Samba band Sambayabamba will help to create a real party atmosphere, so please come along to join the fun.”

Poppyscotland’s most famous campaign is its annual Poppy Appeal to raise money to support injured or struggling veterans.

The charity reaches out to both current and former members of the armed forces and their families and provides advice, assistance and funding in times of crisis, ensuring veterans have housing, employment prospects and good health.