Martin Currie Rob Roy Cycling Challenge

Bill Williams , Rhoda MacPhail , Ian Filby, Victoria Cooney and Di Airey

The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge covers 55 miles of the Rob Roy Way involving a combination of walking and cycling. Every year the event attracts up to 700 participants eager to test out their fitness whilst raising money for worthwhile causes.

In 2010 three friends supported the event as volunteers, running a water station on the cycle route.  It was an ideal opportunity to support friends who were participating that year.  As they basked in the sun and handed out refreshments, they wondered whether they would ever be fit enough to take on the Challenge themselves. By the end of the event,they were thoroughly inspired and convinced they could improve their novice cycling status and hiking stamina in order to do it.

A few months later Rhoda, Di and Victoria (who was a London Marathon veteran) entered as a team, alongside Bill & Ian who had competed in 2010 and so 'Raiders of the Lost Bike' were formed. After completeing the 2010 Pedal for Scotland, Glasgow to Edinburgh bike ride together they knew they were capable of the Rob Roy cycle of 39 miles. But the challenge was to complete that in much hillier terrain and also after already hiking 16 miles!!  In early 2011 they started their training regime in earnest.
Early on the 18th June 2011 they found themselves at the start of the Rob Roy Challenge in Drymen and unlike the previous year, the weather was appalling. Torrential rain and winds! The 16 mile hike took them to Aberfoyle over killer hills and mud bath fields into Callander where their support team, Sue & Andrew ,were waiting with refreshments and bikes! There is no doubt that when your legs have just hiked 16 miles the last thing they want to do is start pedalling! But the team carried onward through Killin and towards the finish in Kenmore. On completion , the five were pretty unrecognisable, even to each other , plastered in mud from head to toe!  Many competitors dropped out because of the weather but the five had kept going, even with punctures and the odd injury to contend with! Bill and Ian managed to knock hours off their previous performance and the whole team did themselves proud whizzing across the finish line.

We want to thank 'Raiders of the Lost Bike' for taking on this wonderful challenge and considering our charity to be one of the recipients of their charitable fundraising this year.

Thank you!