SANTA GETS ON HIS BIKE ...
Coupar Angus big cycle Santathon is a huge hit
Organisers are delighted with the success of the first ever cycle Santathon in Coupar Angus on Saturday.
A l mos t 4 0 k e e n c y c l i s t s f ro m around Tayside donned Santa suits to take part in the event in Larghan Park in the east Perthshire town, which was organised by the Coupar Angus Cycling Hub.
People of all ages took on the sixand-a-half-mile route, described by organisers as “fun, flat and easy”, with several intrepid bikers taking on more of a challenge to see how many laps they could complete in two hours.
And the cycling Santas took to the route on a range of bikes, including a tandem.
Grant Murdoch from the Coupar Angus Cycling Hub told the Blairie: “We had 36 Santas of all ages taking part in what we believe is the first ever Santathon in Perthshire - and possibly even in Scotland!
“We’re absolutely delighted with the turnout, it’s all about having fun and people challenging themselves as well as getting into the Christmas spirit.
“We want to encourage people to keep cycling all year round, it’s not just something you can do in the spring and the summer.
“And apart from our cycling festival, t h i s ha s b e e n t h e b e s t e v e nt f o r families so far.
“It was a super fun event, the short laps allowed people to take part at their own pace and to complete as much distance as they wanted to.
“The route was all signed a n d mar s ha l l e d s o i t was a s a f e environment for everyone.”
Everyone who took part received a finisher’s medal and soup and hot drinks were also served.
Grant added: “I would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who helped on the day, and - just as importantly - the night before when we were out gritting the route until 11.30pm to make sure it was safe for the riders.
“Thanks to Aaron Cannon who is helping us out with events at the Cycling Hub, to Wendy and Alison for providing the soup and hot drinks, to Joe Richards for providing the fire pit, John Palfreyman for all his support, the marshals and to Charlie the mechanic.
“Thanks also to Hardcore Events for all the signs and to JB Corrie for the fence posts.”
Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the free ser vices and activities that the Cycling Hub provides and towards improving cycling and its infrastructure in the area.
Great turnout Ready for the off at Perthshire’s first ever cycle Santathon
Low rider Catherine Lewis from Tayport, pictured with Val Kidd from Coupar Angus, gets ready for the cycle Santathon
Tandem Two intrepid Santas tackled the route on a bicycle built for two
Organiser Grant Murdoch from the Coupar Angus Cycling Hub
Family fun Amelie (5), Sarah, Celeste (8) and Peter Will from Blairgowrie
All set Joe Richards from Coupar Angus