Scouts exceed target in cycle challenge

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Banchory Scouts pedalled on come rain or shine last weekend as they took part in a challenge to raise money for their upcoming trip to Canada.

On Saturday, May 9, the Banchory Scouts completed their cycle challenge , exceeding their target by cycling 350 miles in 6.5 hours.

The dedicated participants stayed on the saddle of their static bikes in all weather in order to raise funds for the Canada expedition, which is planned for 2016.

The total raised on the day was £1043.27, which brings the group a step closer to their Canadian adventure.

A spokesperson for the Banchory Scouts said: “Many thanks to all the Scouts and parents who cycled in rain and sunshine, to all those passers-by who generously donated to the cause and bought home bakes, and to the Burnett Arms for allowing the Scouts to take over the front of the hotel. A great effort by all involved.”

A total of 63 Scouts and 11 leaders have signed up for the expedition.

The connection between the 1st Banchory Scout Group and the Brampton Scout Group, based outside Toronto, goes back a long way.

There have been four previous trips made by 1st Banchory Scouts to Canada, which took place in 1980, 1988, 1992 and 2011, as well as reciprocal visits to Deeside.