Aches, pains and hangovers but with the added achievement of raising over £7000 for two charities.
Mackie Rugby players, wives and friends recently took on the Ride the North for two separate charities; the Sandpipers Trust which helps save lives in Scotland by improving immediate care especially in the remote and rural area and Charlie House, a new, locally-based children’s charity which engages in activities and projects to support children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.
The two-day challenge saw 18 of the group ride 164 miles in two stages from Inverness to Aberdeen. Ride the North started in 2011.
The first two stages of the event connect the Highland capital of Inverness with Elgin in Moray.
The second ran from Elgin to the Granite City of Aberdeen. The route meanders in places on the scenic back-roads, passing Loch Ness, castles and distilleries.
Speaking to the Leader, Craig Gauld, who took part in the Ride the North, said: “To say we had an amazing time would be an understatement - it was an amazing cycle and we all loved every minute of it, including the aches and pains, even with the odd hangover!
‘‘Well it could hardly be a rugby club event without some form of drinking!!
“The entire team did amazingly well and I’m so proud of what they all achieved, I couldn’t have done it with a greater bunch of friends, not forgetting as a team the money we have raised to date for the two charities - £1936 for Charlie House and £5570 for the Sandpiper Trust.”
For more information and to donate to the group see www.justgiving.com/RideTheNorth2013 and http://www.justgiving.com/teams/Mammoths