Reuben completes coast to coast cycle

Reuben at Loch Tay

Reuben at Loch Tay

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A Stracathro Primary pupil, who has just finished his P4 year, started his school holidays by undertaking a 146 mile cycle challenge.

Eight-year-old Reuben Waddell cycled coast to coast to raise money for the Parent Council fund.

It’s not the first time Reuben has fundraised, having cycled 26 miles two years ago to raise money for the same cause.

However, this cycle was much more challenging, with Reuben cycling from Oban on the west coast with the aim of cycling to Montrose on the east coast, in just four days.

Reuben prepared for his latest quest by getting used to his new bike on the local roads, completing rides of up to 30 miles with his dad, Shaun, who accompanied on the journey.

Shaun said: “We left Oban on Thursday, July 2, and enjoyed a couple of good, but arduous days, reaching the halfway point in Aberfeldy on Friday afternoon. The weather then deteriorated, leaving Reuben facing a steep 1000ft climb in the first three miles en route to Dunkeld in the most miserable of conditions. Despite the difficult conditions, a well earned lunch was had in Dunkeld, before pressing on to Blairgowrie, just a hour behind schedule.

“The fourth and final day saw Reuben complete the last leg of his adventure through Forfar to Montrose, completing the 40 mile trip by mid afternoon in much more pleasant weather.”

The goal was to raise money for the Parent Council fund, and more specifically to work towards raising enough money to ensure an all weather playing pitch can be installed within the school grounds.

Shaun explained that he had to work quite hard himself in parts to keep up with Reuben on the last day along the more level routes on the east side of the country.

He added: “In total Reuben cycled 149 miles, spending around 19 and a half hours in the saddle over the four days. His favourite part of the journey was visiting the Falls of Dochart in Killin and playing on the rocks after lunch.”

Reuben has so far raised over £1500, with more money still be to handed over.