Auchenblae resident to set out on Tour d’Ecosse

AUCHENBLAE resident Graeme Rennie is determined to complete his Tour d'Ecosse in honour of his late father, Rev Donald Rennie.
AUCHENBLAE resident Graeme Rennie is determined to complete his Tour d'Ecosse in honour of his late father, Rev Donald Rennie.

AN Auchenblae teacher is set to undertake a one-man cycle tour of Scotland this summer in a bid to raise £8000 for a special cause.

Graeme Rennie will combine his passions for road cycling and Scotland’s countryside to complete the 1000+ mile trek between July 16 and 24, supported by friends and family.

His route will take him to the four extreme points on the Scottish mainland, starting and finishing at Keith Inch in Peterhead and taking in Mull of Galloway, Ardnamurchan Point and Dunnet Head.

All the money Graeme raises from the feat will go to Aberdeen’s Friends of Roxburghe House.

Graeme, (48) a PE teacher from Aboyne Academy and former Cults Academy pupil, is determined to fulfil his ‘Tour d’Ecosse’ after losing his father, Rev Donald Rennie, to cancer in 2008.

Rev Rennie was a well known personality in Deeside as Minister at Cults East Church Aberdeen and subsequently as the North East of Scotland Industrial Chaplain before retiring to Auchenblae .

“It’s a huge personal challenge, as well as an opportunity to get cycling supporters involved in a great cause,” Graeme said.

“Cancer is something that will inevitably touch us all in our lives one way or another. Roxburghe House provided sensitive and personal care to my father over his last weeks and this is my way of acknowledging the work that they, and all other similar bodies, carry out on our behalf.”

He continued “We’ve all watched and wondered at the efforts of Eddie Izzard, and Dr Andrew Murray, who ran from John O’Groats to the Sahara, and the impact they can have – to raise funds for good causes but also to encourage people to become involved in sport and physical recreation, in general.

“As a cyclist I am inspired by the achievements of Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor himself. And, as a teacher, I am always keen to encourage individuals to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

“Therefore, I wanted to do something that was different, that may not have been attempted in this way for some time, if at all! There is the risk of failure but as my Dad, and many others before him, had said “You won’t know if you don’t try!””

Anyone interested in following Graeme’s Tour d’Ecosse can do so by logging on to www.tourdecosse.co.cc. or on facebook and Twitter. Donations can be made through the ‘Just Giving’ site which can all be accessed via the web page.

Tickets will also shortly be available for a fundraising night as part of the campaign at Aberdeen Boat Club on June 18.