Mackie stars get ready for Ride the North

ride the north group
ride the north group

Mackie Rugby players, wives and friends are getting ready to take on the Ride the North for charity.

Players were treated on Tuesday afternoon when they met former Scotland Rugby and Lions Captain Gavin Hastings in Stonehaven who is a patron for one of the charities the group is raising money for.

The two-day challenge will see the 18 of the group ride 164 miles from Inverness to Aberdeen.

Ride the North is a cycling challenge started in 2011 in the Grampian Highlands in the North and North-East of Scotland.

The first two stages of the event will connect the the Highland capital of Inverness with the historic town of Elgin in Moray.

The second runs from Elgin to the Granite City of Aberdeen. The route meanders in places on the scenic back-roads, passing Loch Ness, castles and distilleries.

The team are raising funds for two separate charities; the Sandpipers trust which helps save lives in Scotland by improving immediate care especially in the remote and rural area and Charlie House, a new, locally based children’s charity which engages in activities and projects to support children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions.

Speaking to the Leader Craig Gauld who is taking part in Ride the North said: “ We are really confident considering we only started training four months ago. Some of us hadn’t even sat on a bike in years and here we are away to ride over 160 miles.

“I am really proud of what we have accomplished in training and we are looking forward to the ride.”

For more information and to donate to the group see www.justgiving.com/RideTheNorth2013 and http://www.justgiving.com/teams/Mammoths