Four wheels for fans of two
Cyclists hope for minibus win
Highland cyclists are saddling up in the hope of taking away the big prize in this year’s Press and Journal minibus competition.
The aim of the Black Isle Mountain Bike Club is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to their young members while offering them an opportunity to learn new skills and make friends in a safe and friendly environment.
The Press and Journal is giving away a 17-seater Ford Transit minibus, sponsored by oil and gas firm Nexen, to a deserving local community group.
Ewan Henderson, one of the Black Isle group’s leaders, said: “Owning a minibus has been a longterm dream, albeit an impossibly expensive one for the club.
“Our ability to offer mountain biking to as many local kids as we can, at the variety of world-class venues found around the Highlands, is often hampered by the expense of transporting them and the availability of seats in other parents’ or coaches’ vehicles.
“On a weekly basis this bus would offer a transport service to local children who are currently unable to be involved on
“We strive to get as many kids as we can safely manage on to the hill each week”
the club training nights – for whatever reasons that may be.”
The group has more than 65 members, aged seven to 16, and runs with an extensive waiting list full of eager cyclists.
Training traditionally takes place at Learnie Red Rock in the Black Isle.
However the group travels to other venues across the north, with members commuting from as far afield as Brora and Auldearn.
Mr Henderson says children wanting to use their service very often cannot, a problem which this bus would solve.
He added: “Our club ethos is all about offering a fun, safe and friendly cycling experience for children from the Moray Firth basin. easily
“Those who may need our services most are potentially unable to access the huge benefits mountain biking offers – especially those who may be from less privileged backgrounds.
“The health and social benefits of being involved in a dynamic and positive club environment cannot be understated and we are striving to get as many kids as we can physically and safely manage on to the hill each week.” Women using hormonal contraceptives have a 20% higher risk of breast cancer than those who are not, research shows.
The work is said to be the largest of its kind on breast cancer and hormonal contraception such as the combined pill, the progestogen-only pill and non-oral products such as the hormone-intrauterine system (IUS).
The study followed 1.8million Danish women aged under 50 from 1995 to 2012 to assess breast cancer risk in users of different types of hormonal contraception as compared to women who had never used it.
Researchers found that in current and recent users of any type of
“The absolute extra risk was 1.3 per 10,000 person-years”
hormonal contraception, the risk of breast cancer was 20% higher.
The research was carried out by the University of Copenhagen, with the University of Aberdeen.
The study suggested the numbers affected were likely to be low.
Professor Phil Hannaford, Aberdeen team lead, said: “Breast cancer is rare in young women.
“In this study, the absolute extra risk of breast cancer associated with use of hormonal contraception among all women aged 15-49 was 1.3 per 10,000 person-years, or one extra breast cancer for every 7,690 women using hormonal contraception for one year.”
The study found little evidence of consistent differences in risk between users of combined oral contraceptives with different progestogens.
Researchers did not detect an increased risk in former users who had used hormonal contraception for less than five years, while the increased risk in long-term users gradually decreased in time.
EYE’S ON THE PRIZE: Allan Kenyon and Ewan Henderson from minibus hopefuls Black Isle Mountain Bike Club