Wheels in motion for Liam’s trip to Cuba after coast-to-coast cycle

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HAWICK teenager Liam Hood has successfully completed a two-day Coast-to-Coast Cycle Challenge and raised over £500 towards a trip of a lifetime.

The High School pupil participated in last weekend’s 90-mile event from Gretna to Berwick, in a bid to raise the final amount required for him to take part in next year’s Borders Exploration Group visit to Cuba.

And after plenty of training, alongside his uncle Gordon Hood, the pair pedalled their way through Saturday’s and Sunday’s gruelling route.

The first day of their challenge took them over the Note o’ the Gate at 1,200 feet, finishing at Bonchester Bridge, and the following day they were back in the bicycle saddle travelling past the Jed Water, along the Teviot and finally finishing along the Tweed.

Fifteen-year old Liam told the Hawick News: “I was quite nervous when I started the ride but once I got the first day in, I then relaxed and enjoyed the experience.

“We were lucky with the weather and I would like to thank my uncle Gordon for his help, and my dad (Jim Ramage) for organising the support vehicle.

“I would also like to thank everybody for their sponsorship and Border Cycles for their supply of equipment.”

The Borders Exploration Group’s expedition to Cuba takes place next July.