Get entries in for Hebridean Cycle Challenge - and help raise funds for new charity fund in memory of island man

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Time is running out to enter this year’s Hebridean Cycle Challenge which will this year raise funds for a new charity set up in memory of young island man.

The challenge is a cycling and running event in Lewis and Harris which will test the toughest competitors on two wheels and two legs across some of the most stunning terrain in the Western Isles.

The Hebridean Cycle Challenge for the serious competitors is a road and mountain bike race with the option of running the off-road section instead of cycling. Competitors can do the challenge solo or in teams of two (changing over at Miavaig). The Challenge begins with a 33.6 mile road cycle from the Creed Enterprise Park outside Stornoway to Miavaig in North Harris. The race then continues with a 10.5 mile off road section through the mountains from Miavaig to Bowglas and ends with a half mile road section to the finish at the Scaladale Centre, Ardvourlie, North Harris

The Hebridean Charity Cycle is a 21.3 miles non-competitive solo event catering for casual cyclists. The Charity cycle also begins at the Creed Enterprise Park and finishes at the Scaladale Centre.

The event is being run by the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association and offers something for everyone above the age of 16 that is keen on cycling and raising money. This year the event will raise funds for the ‘Andrew Macleod Memorial Fund’ has been set up within CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), with the objective of raising sufficient funding to provide future ‘cardiac screening sessions’ within the Western Isles.

Andrew’s parents Murdo and Dolina Macleod have set up the Fund to aid the work of CRY.

They said: “ Andrew Macleod was our Son, he was a 21 year old trainee marine engineer, in the final year of his studies, when on 21st Oct 2011, he suddenly died on board ship in Hong Kong, from a cardiac condition, of which he had no warning or symptoms whatsoever.”

They continue: “He was subject to regular medical examinations as is a requirement for all merchant seamen, which he passed easily, but unfortunately many cardiac conditions can not be detected by a stethoscope alone, but require an ‘image’ to be taken, such as an ‘electrocardiogram’ (ECG), or an ‘echocardiogram’ (Echo).”

CRY can provide the above tests within it’s mobile screening programme, with a target age group of between 14 & 35 years.

The cost of running a screening session is currently £3,500 per day.

As well as the screening services mentioned above, CRY provide many other support services, such as fast track access to coroner/pathology services, fast track cardiac referral services, fast track athletes screening services, bereavement support AND counselling including regional bereavement support days throughout the UK.

Mr and Mrs Macleod continue: “There have been a number of Island families touched by similar tragic circumstances, and we are keen to support the proposal to hold a screening event on the Island, in the hope that others may be spared the devastating loss of a loved one.

“We, Andrew’s parents, thank you sincerely for your participation and support for this worthy cause, and wish you a safe and enjoyable event on the day.”

Even if people don’t want to test their stamina or raise funding, organisers say they will still be welcome to take part on the day. Transport will be provided to take bikes and riders back to the Creed Enterprise Park on request.

Race competitors will take off an hour before the Charity cycle so people don’t have to worry about getting in the way of the serious racers. The whole event will finish off at the Scaladale centre with a barbeque and prize giving before the transport leaves to take those requesting back up to the Creed Enterprise Park.

Programme

LEWIS KARTING CENTRE, CREED ENTERPRISE PARK, LOCHS ROAD

0830 Registration opens for Competitive Road Cycle & Mountain Bike or Run event

0915 Final Registration for Competitive Road Cycle& Mountain Bike or Run event

0930 COMPETITIVE CYCLE / RUN EVENT START - (Creed Enterprise Park – Scaladale – Meavaig – Scaladale)

1030 CHARITY CYCLE EVENT START (Creed Enterprise Park – Scaladale)

SCALADALE CENTRE, NORTH HARRIS

1400 Barbeque and entertainment

1500 Awards Ceremony

1600 Bus departs Scaladale

LEWIS KARTING CENTRE, CREED ENTERPRISE PARK, LOCHS ROAD

1645 Bike reclaim at Lewis Karting Centre

1715 Bus departs Lewis Karting Centre for Stornoway Bus Station

More details can be found on the following website www.hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk which gives the details of the actual day, entry forms, last years results and much more. If you have any further question then please contact us via the email address shown on the website info@hebrideancyclechallenge.co.uk. The deadline for entries is June 1st.