Dougie’s back in saddle in aid of life-saving centre

Charity cyclist Dougie Welsh gears up for his next challenge
Charity cyclist Dougie Welsh gears up for his next challenge

Dougie Welsh is preparing to take on his most intense cycle challenge yet – to raise funds for the centre which helped save his life.

The 52-year-old is among a group of enthusiastic pedallers who will cycle the 250-mile Borders Loop from Friday-Sunday, August 22-24.

While everyone else in the group is raising cash for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust – which provides grants to talented sportspeople in the Borders –Hawick Cricket Club groundsman Dougie is supporting the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-Oncology.

Dougie explained: “I took part in a charity cycle from John O’Groats to Gala Cricket Club in September 2011 but six weeks later I collapsed and after they ran a scan they discovered I had a brain tumour. I was taken to the Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-Oncology and had the tumour removed. I spent 18 months off work but am now back to full health. This is my first cycle of this scale since the operation and I felt it was right to give something back to the centre.”

Dougie and his cycling colleagues are due to arrive in Hawick on the evening of Saturday, August 23, before leaving at 7am the next day for the final leg of their journey. They will be joined on one of the days by Clovenfords’ Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania, whose father Kevin is taking part in the challenge.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Dougie can do so at r_dougie@yahoo.co.uk.