A ST CYRUS teenager has raised more than £1,000 for charity from his first long-distance cycle run.
Brandon Imray (16) cycled the 51 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh in under four hours as part of the Pedal Scotland event to fund-raise for Alzheimer Scotland.
He decided to support the charity after his gran was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and realised a final total of £1,200. He was backed with sponsorship from family and friends as well as with a donation from Hunting Energy Services in Portlethen where his dad works.
His mum Eve this week said Brandon, who was 15 when he undertook the trip, was happy with his time and total and is considering taking part in a future event. His summer of gruelling training had paid off.
Brandon started training before the school holidays and continued throughout the summer break, out in all weathers gradually building up distance and stamina.
He decided to take part in the event, which started at Glasgow Green and ended at Murrayfield, after hearing about it from a friend who had entered last year’s run.
She said: “He was really pleased with that and he had been training around the village and over the Garvock Hill. Although he had done a couple of 20-mile runs and one over 40 miles he hadn’t covered the full 51 miles.
“His bike broke about three or four weeks before the event so he had a loan of a bike he wasn’t familiar with, which wasn’t particularly great, but he still managed.”
Support for Brandon’s effort was such that his fund-raising target had to be raised twice.
Eve added: “His first official total was £300 but that had gone up to £500 after a week and then £600 after that. We thought that would be plenty and wouldn’t put it up any further but he has ended up taking in double his target. He is thinking about doing something again, although not during the winter and it might also be for Alzheimer Scotland.”