SANTA GETS ON HIS BIKE ...

Coupar An­gus big cy­cle San­tathon is a huge hit

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - PAGE 8

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

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