Fettercairn pupil’s big cycling challenge

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When eight year-old Euan Dickson decided to take on the Kinross Family Cycle Ride with his dad, he saw it as an opportunity to help out his school.

The Fettercairn Primary pupil has been in training with his dad, Allan, and plans to tackle the 13.5 mile gold course of the annual event - his first cycling challenge, since he only learned to ride his bike at the end of last year.

The gold course is the hardest of the three family routes, the bronze being 4.2 miles and the silver being 8.2 miles.

Euan is hoping to raise some money by asking family and friends - as well as the wider school community - to guess his finishing time, with a prize of £10 for the person with the closest guess.

Euan has decided to put all the proceeds towards buying a new greenhouse for Fettercairn School, after the existing one was destroyed in winter storms.

The greenhouse was gifted to the school last year by Beechwood Services, and has been a very welcome addition for pupils. A gardening group has been formed and pupils have been busy planting bulbs, tending plants and making birdfeeders.

But since winter storms blew the greenhouse over, the school has been without one once again.

Euan’s dad Allan, a keen cyclist, has been helping Euan practise for the event on April 26, which just so happens to be the day before his 9th birthday.

Euan said: “I’ve already cycled 10 miles, but I’m a bit nervous incase I can’t do it on the day.

“I’m looking forward to it, my dad said there might be cakes along the way!

“I’d like to help to buy my school a new greenhouse, because ours blew away in the wind.”

Euan’s mum Arlene added: “The greenhouse is a big deal for the school, and it would be great to raise some money towards a new one.

“We need to raise around £380. I know we won’t raise it all through Euan’s cycle ride but we can make a good start.”

Forms will be left at the school from Monday, and it costs £1 to have a guess at how long it will take Euan to complete the course, with a maximum time of four hours.

If you would like to contribute to the total and have a guess, you can contact Fettercairn Primary School.

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