Mammoth cycle reaps training and charity benefits for Aberdeenshire clubs

Members of Mackie Rugby Club, Stonehaven and Garioch Rugby Club, Inverurie have cycled the 180 miles between Aberdeen and Inverness as part of their pre-season preparations and to raise money for charity.

Garioch Ride the NorthIn undertaking the two-day “Ride the North” challenge the two clubs raised money for The Sandpiper Trust and Charlie’s House and Maggies Cancer Caring Centres, respectively. Between them some £20,356 has been raised.

Eight members of the Garioch club did the cycle, while 20 Mammoths (old boys players), wives and girlfriends and a sponsor undertook the cycle for Mackie.

Craig Gauld from the Stonehaven club, said: “The weekend turned out to be fantastic with the two clubs involved. There was some fantastic rugby banter and rivalry, with Mackie naturally coming out on top.

“It was a fantastic fundraising effort from both teams and we’re looking forward to getting even more clubs involved with the cycle next year.

“Recently we have also been thinking about a charity cycle from Stonehaven to Murrayfield over three days for next year’s pre-season training.”

Craig Mitchell from Garioch, said: “Having raised £12.5k and had our small team complete the ride, our with a broken ankle, we will gift the huge Mammoths team their ‘moral victory’ and the claim to have come out on top – they need to win something.”