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Success for Buchans first family bike ride

The sun was shining on Buchan on Mothering Sunday as around 250 riders took part in the areas first family bike challenge.

The Aden Bike Challenge attracted over 250 riders, mostly parents with young families, who cycled the 10 mile route along the Formartine and Buchan Way.

Speaking after the event, Paul Corrigan of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, one of the event partners commented, ‘It was fantastic to see so many families with children taking part and many people commented on what a well organised, friendly and safe event it was for all. There was a great festival atmosphere at the Aden Country Park finish area and it was wonderful to see kids showing off their well deserved medals and goody bags.’

Event organiser Chris Menzies, of Aberdeenshire Council added, ‘This type of event is a great example of the benefits to be had by working with partners to achieve common goals. We have introduced new people to cycling, encouraged new users to the park, raised awareness of health issues and helped to support an important charity organisation.’ 

The event saw a wide range of age groups including a young mum who completed the challenge with her five month old baby and mother who had not been on a bicycle for ten years. Local theatre group Theatre Modo the and Getabout Bike Road Show provided entertainment for youngsters at the finish line, while grown ups were treated to a range of locally sourced fine foods, craft and farm produce at the Mother's Day Country Fair.

Reporting on the positive feedback from the event Mr Menzies added ‘Support is already mounting to make this an annual occasion and I would be delighted if we could build upon this. The success of the event is undoubtedly attributable to the partners and volunteers who give their time, efforts and skills to ensure the event ran smoothly and safely for everyone. I would like to thank everyone involved including those who showed their support by undertaking the challenge and look forward to seeing some familiar faces next year.’

The event, held as part of Aberdeenshire Councils bid to develop Peterhead as Scotland’s first Cycle Demonstration Town raised nearly £2000 for CHSS, which will be used locally within the North East and helped support local produce and craft traders who attended the finish line events at Aden Country Park.