Hazel and Ali pedal the north

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INVERURIE couple Hazel and Ali Stott (53 and 51 respectively) are to embark on bike ride in June in aid of UCAN (Urological Cancer Aberdeenshire North).

The 220 mile round trip will take place over three days between June 2 and June 4 with a group of participants from across the Shire.

Hazel said: “My husband Ali and I are cycling a 220 mile circuit of Scotland’s North East, called ‘Ride The North’.

“We are taking part along with 33 other participants cycling over three days. The monies we raise is for UCAN ( Urological Cancer Aberdeenshire North).

“The main reason for both of us doing this is because Jake, Ali’s dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly two years ago and is still receiving ongoing treatment which has been very successful. Ali did a 400 mile cycle ride last year from Mull of Galloway to John O’ Groats in four days for UCAN.

“When the cycle ride was announced this year I decided to take part with Ali. We have been doing a lot of our training around Bennachie and Aberdeenshire in all weathers and even if it means sore legs and lots of saddle cream for the bum it will be worth it.”

Speaking enthusiastically about the trip Hazel added: “The first stage of 76 miles leaving from Aberdeen, cuts through the agricultural land of north Aberdeenshire. The route shows off the area at its best, from perfectly preserved villages like Udny Green and Fordyce to the cliffs around Pennan on the Banffshire Coast down to Cullen where we stop over on the first night.

“On the second day the 80 mile route heads south from the Moray Firth to Donside and then on to Deeside, climbing from Corgaff over the hill to Gairnshiel Lodge and down to Ballater.

“The final 64 miles is the shortest of the three stages, but is dominated by the climb over the Cairn o’Mount as the routes crosses from Deeside to the Howe of the Mearns before finishing at Stonehaven.

“We are hoping to raise £2000 for UCAN between us so if anyone would like to sponsor us they can contact us at (01467) 625338 or donate online at www.justgiving.com/hazel-Stott.

For more information on UCAN and Ride the North, visit www.ucanhelp.org.uk.