(Banner/header pic: Struan Robb)
JACKIE Mackay, Ruth Ronald Sarah Saunders – the three Drymen mums featured in G63.scot last week – have smashed their £2600 fundraising target to improve the playing fields at Drymen Primary School.
Not only were they joined by Jen Braid, Rebecca Fleming and Wendy Robb on the 42-mile cycle and 17-mile walk along Rob Roy Way on Sunday (30 August) – Leen Van Gestel, who has no connection with the school, but thought it would be fun to go along for the ride!
Jackie tells G63: “We had a lovely send off from Struan, Angus, Orla and Callum Robb at 7am outside Drymen Primary School. It was a gorgeous fresh morning and spirits were high.
“The views were stunning, the company even better so the miles passed amazingly quickly. Aberfoyle (approx 11 miles) was reached on schedule at 10.15am. The next section to Callander was not so enjoyable as showers started coming through and part of the terrain was very boggy which slowed our pace down.
“It was a wonderful sight to have lots of our support crew – Lynn Armstrong, Alec, Jack, Beth and Lucy Ronald, Paul and Katie Saunders and Ewan, Ben and Adam Mackay – coming up the hill to meet us.
“After a quick turn around and inspired by the midges attacking, the five of us continued onto the bike section – Jen Braid and Rebecca Fleming were inspired to continue to Strathyre.
“Just before Loch Lubnaig we were joined by Paul and Katie Saunders on their bikes for motivation and then the Braid clan – Jen’s Mum and Mum-in-law, plus Katie, Harry and Jack – were there at our next “comfort break”.
“Strathyre came and went, with technical bike support from Alec, and Ruth and Jen carried on inspired by the beautiful day that it had turned into.
“As the cycle path goes near to the road, the friendly peeping of horns from the guys as they passed us was fantastic
“At the top of Glen Ogle after a steady but long slog up the climb of the valley the welcome crew were there again cheering us on.
“Energy levels were flagging by then however Rebecca and Jen were not for giving up so it was off down into Killin.
“Arriving there was a little entertaining for Jen as her brakes had decided to fail!
“Onwards to our last pit stop. Jen had to admit defeat at this point but only due to technical problems.
“As it was only 14 miles to go Rebecca decided that as she had come this far she would join us to the end.
“It was a long often uphill section – though the down bits were fun and a great relief – and we were getting very weary by this point but the sight of Kenmore brought the smiles back and we peddled in at full pelt stunned that we had done it!
“We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s support and encouragement, so a big thank you to all – especially to all the incredible support crew.”
- There’s still time to make a donation – just go the online pledge page before Sunday (6 September) and help make all the effort really worthwhile.