Bikers turn Fort William pink for can­cer sup­port

The Oban Times - - News -

BREAST Way Around Scot­land rid­ers stopped off in Fort William on the 10th an­nual mo­tor­cy­cle run.

A group of 55 rid­ers from all over the UK get to­gether at the end of May each year rid­ing around the west coast of Scot­land in a char­ity event for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

The event, which started in 2008, has raised £ 318,500 for Macmil­lan.

Par­tic­i­pants left Kil­marnock on Fri­day May 26 and headed to Fort William.

Group sec­re­tary Kate An­der­son ex­plained the rid­ers split into two, with the more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers head­ing to In­ver­ness and onto Aviemore, while the oth­ers stay in Fort William for part of the day do­ing a street col­lec­tion, be­fore meet­ing the rest of the rid­ers in Aviemore.

Kate told the Lochaber Times: ‘This was a spe­cial year for us, with it be­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the event. We al­ways go to Aviemore as we have a mem­ory tree in the MacDon­ald Re­sort there and we have a memo­rial for the ones we have lost.

‘Ev­ery­one in the group has been touched by can­cer in some way, through the loss of a rel­a­tive.’

Kate said that while the ma­jor­ity of the rid­ers are fe­male, men are able to join them, but the ones who do, do so with a spe­cial con­di­tion.

‘All the men who par­tic­i­pate have to wear a dec­o­rated bra on top of their leathers and we hold pre­sen­ta­tions for the best bra and the pink­est bike.’

Kate said the group hopes it has raised an­other sig­nif­i­cant amount this year, with the to­tal still be­ing cal­cu­lated.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

The tenth an­nual char­ity ‘Breast Way Around Scot­land’ mo­tor­cylce run used Fort William as a base.

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