100-mile bike ride in aid of armed forces charity

Pictured is Allan in training for his 100-mile bike ride
Pictured is Allan in training for his 100-mile bike ride

A former Angus resident, now living in the Mearns, is to take part in a 100-mile charity cycle ride in aid of the Soldiers Sailors Airman Families Association (SSAFA).

Allan Dickson, who is originally from Montrose but now lives between Luthermuir and Fettercairn, is taking part in the Prudential Ride London on August 10.

He said: “The SSAFA do such a worthwhile job helping families of serving and ex forces personnel.

“I am looking to raise at least £700 for them and aim to cover the 100 miles in under five-and-a-half hours.”

It is a cause close to Mr Dickson’s heart as he himself served in the RAF. He commented: ““I did six-and-a-half years in the RAF as a telecoms technician and was fortunate enough not to have been sent to a war zone, but my brother - who was in the army - was sent to war zones on several occasions and saw several colleagues injured.

“This is why I’m raising funds for the Solders Sailors Airmen Families Association.”

This isn’t the first time he has taken to his bike for charity. He explained: “A few years ago I raised £500 for Fettercairn Primary.”

He has been hard at training, added: “My training is going quite well, I cycle to work quite often and generally go out for a larger ride on a Sunday.”

Mr Dickson also took part in the 81 mile the Etape Caladonia as part of his training. If you would like to sponsor Mr Dickson, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AllanDickson.