Great Stonehaven Bike Ride 2012

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the Great IBF (Internet for Business) Stonehaven Bike Ride was staged on Sunday, with all money raised going to the North East Sensory Service, formerly the Grampian Society for the Blind.

All participants paid a £10 entry fee and they were encouraged to raise sponsor money over and above.

The Great Stonehaven Bike Ride has been staged for around 20 years with the money raised always going to the same charity.

The main bike ride was over a 25 mile circular route round by Fetteresso and Swanley.

In addition there was an 11 mile family route.

The event starts and finishes at the Stonehaven Scout Hut. It is not a race, but the fastest competitors usually cover the 25 miles in about and hour and a quarter.

Neil Skene, Fundraising Co-ordinator for NESS said that 85 people pre-registered and entries on the the day took the total number of participants up to 117.

So far a total of £2,924 has been raised and this amount is expected to rise as the participants gather in their remaining sponsorship money.

Neil Skene said: “Each year we are amazed by the amount raised by the cyclists and this year was no exception.

“Every year we have a great turnout and it’s great to see all ages taking part and doing their bit for a local charity.

“Everything raised stays here in the North-east and helps both Blind and Deaf citizens.”