Alex to ride 200 miles for charity

Alex will cycle from Inverness to Ingliston.

Alex will cycle from Inverness to Ingliston.

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A Brechin woman is getting on her bike this Thursday to take part in a 200-mile, four-day bike ride all in aid of charity.

Alex Gibson (21) is taking part in the Scottish Young Farmers Association ‘Get on your Bike’ challenge, which will see her cycle from Inverness to Ingliston, Edinburgh, in just four days.

Alex said: “The cycle challenge is a 200-mile trip starting in Inverness on Thursday (August 13) finishing at Ingliston Edinburgh on Sunday (August 16).”

Alex, who is studying for an honours degree in Rural Business management studying at SRUC Aberdeen, is the only member of the Brechin Young Farmers Association taking part in the challenge, which has attracted participants from across the whole of Scotland.

She said: “I have been trying to fit training in between work commitments, with my training circuit including the Cairn o’ Mount to prepare me for the route I will be completing.”

The cyclist will travel 32.4 miles on the first day as they ride from Inverness to Aviemore, before enduring a 59.6 mile leg from Aviemore to Pitlochry. The longest stage of the event is on day three, when they will clock up 60.3 miles travelling from Pitlochry to Stirling. The final leg, Stirling to Ingliston, will see them cover 37.3 miles.

Each rider is raising money for their own chosen charity, and Alex is raising money for Down Syndrome Scotland. She explained: “I have chosen this charity because a very good family friend’s son, who is the same age as me, has down syndrome and I know how lucky I am and wish to raise money to help them purchase new resources and teaching aids.”

If you wish to support Alex’s cause, you can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/Alex-Gibson5