Recog­ni­tion for ad­ven­turer Mark too

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Rachel Clark

East Perthshire cy­cling star Mark Beau­mont has been named in the New Year’s Honours list.

Mark, a for­mer pupil of Kirk­michael Pri­mary School and Blair­gowrie High School, is to re­ceive a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM).

In his lat­est feat of en­durance, Mark cy­cled solo around the world last year in just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 min­utes, cap­tur­ing the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple across the UK.

He will be recog­nised for his ser­vices to sport, broad­cast­ing and char­ity.

Prais­ing the ef­forts of all those to re­ceive an hon­our, David Mun­dell, sec­re­tary of state for Scot­land, said:“I am pleased to see the New Year Honours 2018 recog­nise some of Scot­land’s most de­serv­ing vol­un­teers, com­mu­nity lead­ers and public fig­ures.

“From the achieve­ments of prom­i­nent sport­ing greats such as Mark Beau­mont to the in­spi­ra­tional lo­cal he­roes of our com­mu­ni­ties whose tire­less ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and com­pas­sion ben­e­fit so many across the length and breadth of Scot­land, it is right that we mark their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment. “I con­grat­u­late each and ev­ery re­cip­i­ent on their award - they truly de­serve their recog­ni­tion and our thanks and praise for their con­tri­bu­tion.”

BEMs are awarded for a“hands-on” ap­proach to their com­mu­nity, such as long-term char­i­ta­ble or vol­un­tary work, or in­no­va­tive work in a short pe­riod of time that has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.

Go­ing solo Mark Beau­mont com­pleted his round the world cy­cle chal­lenge in Paris in Septem­ber, achiev­ing an Of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Record

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