Couple raise cash for Montrose Lifeboat Station

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An adventurous Montrose couple cycled more than 150 kilometres when they were half way across the world to raise money for the town’s lifeboat station.

Husband and wife Keith (70) and Margaret (67) Newey, of Bents Road, went on holiday to New Zealand and while they were out there they saddled up for the Otago Central Rail Trail challenge to raise funds for the station.

The trail from Clyde to Middlemarch is 150 km (93 miles) long and must be completed within four days, but Mr and Mrs Newey took a more scenic route and cycled 162 km (100 miles).

They were joined on the challenge by their son, Andrew (43), and his wife, Sara (44), who live in the country.

The foursome completed the challenge in the four days and said the trail was “worthwhile”.

Mrs Newey said: “The heat was the worst part, it was worse than the hills.

“We did 44 km in five hours on the first day and by the third we were doing it in three hours. It shows once you do exercise you get better at it.”

The Newey family raised £500 for Montrose Lifeboat Station and £125 for the RNLI.

During his holiday, Mr Newey presented the Hawkes Bay Coastguard with a quake from Montrose Lifeboat Station and when he returned to Scotland, he presented the Angus station with a photograph from the Hawkes Bay Coastguard.

While he was in New Zealand, Mr Newey got confirmation that he will be a first aider for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in July.