The Courier

15th Cyclathon pedals round city

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More than 300 hardy cyclists pedalled their way round Dundee on Sunday to take part in the charity Cyclathon.

Now in its 15th year, the Rotary Club of Claverhouse event saw children, adults and everyone in between make their way at their own pace around the city limits.

Following the popular green circular route, racers set off from Camperdown house, looping down the docks toward Broughty Ferry and back again.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick joined the cyclists at the start line and sounded the start of the event at 10.30am.

The weather held off for most of the race and initial estimates suggest an excess of 300 riders took part.

For the first time this year an award was handed out to the rider in best fancy dress.

Pupils from Morgan Academy, Dundee High School and Grove Academy took part in the Schools Cup, which will be decided once the money raised by the respective teams is totalled.

The winning school will also win the coveted Cyclathon yellow jersey.

The chosen charity for this year’s ride was Marie Curie, which provides care and support to people living with terminal illness and their families.

Each year, participants have the chance to use the Cyclathon to raise funds for their own, chosen charity.

The Lord Provost has agreed to host a civic reception in October when all those who raised money will have an opportunity to present their cheques to the representatives of the various charities.

The date of the reception will be announced nearer the time.

Rotary Club of Claverhouse president Ian Balgowan said: “We are delighted to be running the Cyclathon again and the money raised will be put to excellent use by Marie Curie who do a wonderful job supporting people with terminal illness.

“Thank you to all the cyclists who took part making today possible.”

More than £250,000 has been raised for good causes over the last decade and a half by Claverhouse Rotary via the Cyclathon.

The event is popular with both seasoned cyclists and fun-loving amateurs, with the event emphasis firmly set towards a fun day.