"That was a good night - I really enjoyed it."

Angus McKinnon - PGLE

 

"I'm looking forward to my supper and wish you all the best for the coming year."

Ewan Rutherford - PGLE

 

"May you go from strength to strength"

Maurice Wilson - PGLE

 

"Brotherly Love's a great wee lodge - I love it."

Jim Gillanders - 1316

 

"The Brotherly Love Burns Night? Never surpassed!"

Robert Sinclair - 226

 

"Just go over that bit again, son"

Jimmy Knox - 1428

 

"You always get the warmest of welcomes."

Roddy Henretty - CLX

 

"I only need the one prompt, thank you!"

John McQueen - 1428

 

"Affiliating to 1428 is one of the best things I've done!"

Keith Millar - 1428

 

"That's no the Tyler's Toast already, is it?"

Kenny Renton - 392

 

"That's another excellent degree tonight lads, well done."

Ronnie King - 1316

 

"Mind now - they pies are hot!"

Dougie Sneddon - 151

 

"I might affiliate next year."

David McNeill - 392

 

"A very good FC degree followed by a very good harmony."

Ralph Shaw - 48

 

more to come . . .

 

 

 

 

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If you're considering taking part, or are definitely up for it, here's some handy information for you.  

 

WHEN

This year it’s on Sunday 2nd August, and the first batch of cyclists leave at 10:00am

 

WHERE

We meet at the top end of the Scotmid car park in The Loan, South Queensferry, and cycle over the Forth Road Bridge, travel west along the picturesque Fife Coastal Trail, back over the Kincardine Bridge and return via the quaint fishing villages of Grangemouth and Bo'ness. If you haven't done anything like this yet, it’s not as hard as it might sound - it’s fairly flat as the route isn't too far from the coastline, but there are some hills. Just before the Kincardine Bridge there’s a scheduled stop at Lodge St. John Tulliallan No598 for a short break from the cycling if you need it, and also a comfort break as they'll allow us to use their toilets. This is also the start point for those taking part in the Short Run - which is for younger folk taking part, or for those who may need weaned in to doing the full thing next time round :o)  We have a meet up point a couple of miles out from the end for the groups to come together again - and then cycle back to the finish point from there.

 

WHAT

To allay any fears you might have over some scurrilous rumours that are going about, the round trip is NOT fifty-something miles! Here's the route from last year, which shows that it's only 38.5 miles, (2015 will be the opposite way round - the finalised route will be posted a couple of weeks before the run) but you can tell the folk who sponsor you that it’s 40-ish miles ;o)

 

WHO

Anyone can take part if you fall within these fairly easy parameters - you can be male or female, and aged 12yrs and over.

(As you would expect, any 12-17yr old entrants must be accompanied by a participating adult.)

 

WHY

Because it’s for Charridy mate, and six provinces are mucking in together for a terrific cause. It’s a great half-day out, and a fairly easy way to raise funds. If you’re vaguely fit, i.e., you can manage a round of golf without using a buggy, and also know that your handlebars are supposed to be at the front, it’ll be a doddle. The funds raised will be for Prostate Scotland - Grand Lodge's nominated charity.

 

HOW

Well, it’s BYOB(ike) of course, but you can rope in as many family members or friends as you can for moral support. There’s been wives, kids, cousins, nieces and nephews in the past - just make sure they all complete an entry form!

 

Amble along at a leisurely pace, stop as often as you want, or go at it heid-doon-and-nae-nonsense, it’s entirely up to you - but remember that we'll all meet up at the lay-by a couple of miles out from the end for 13:30pm, and return to the start/end point from there as a group.

 

SO IT'S NOT A RACE, THEN?

You're right - it's not! As mentioned earlier, it's an easy way to raise funds and you go at your own pace. If you don't usually ride 40-ish miles you won't need to try and keep up with any folk who are vanishing into the distance. There will be three groups who'll set off at 15/20 minute intervals - first will be for anyone who hasn't brought a road bike, or who hasn't done anything like this before and isn't too sure of how they'll do. The last group will be for folk who fancy their chances on our Tour de Forth, so they'll be 30-40 minutes behind the starters, while the middle bunch will be everyone else. There's absolutely no pressure, you decide which group you'd like to set off with. If the first or second groups are going a bit too slow for you, just drop out until the next group comes along and tag along with them. Then again, if the group you started with is a bit brisk, hang on in there until the next stop and latch on to the slower group.

 

SHORT RUN OPTION

If you don’t fancy the whole thing, you can wean yourself in for next year by getting yourself to the start point, putting you and your bike in one of the broom buses, and starting from the half way break - easy!

 

STIPULATIONS

Only two - you wear a helmet, and you set up a JustGiving page for your donations.

 

OK, I'M UP FOR IT - WHAT NEXT?

Excellent! Set up your JustGiving page - details here. Remember to take a note of your JustGiving page address for your Entry Form and we'll take it from there. A Just Giving page allows your sponsors to donate online, or even by text from their mobile phone!  And the advantages of using this process are that there's no faffing about with bags of cash and bundles of cheques on the day, we're not having to chase up folk who forget to bring the money along, we don't need to chase after fly-away sponsor forms, and, most importantly - our GLoS nominated charity receives an additional 25% on top of what's raised in a claw back from HMRC!

 

If you’re not happy about JustGiving and/or ProstateScotland holding your details, simply delete your JustGiving account, or ask Prostate Scotland to take your details off their system, after the run.

 

THERE'S NO CHANCE YOU'LL GET ME ON A BIKE, BUT I'D STILL LIKE TO HELP . . .

No problem, email anyone you know in the photos below or via the Contact Us page and let them know how much you'd like to donate ;o)  

By the time of the run, most things which could be needed will be covered. We have an offer of a broom bus, but if you know someone who'd like to come along as a backup vehicle and follow the cyclists with some vociferous support, that would be wonderful. 

Most folk will be bringing their own drinks and snacks, but electrolyte tabs to enhance any drinks, energy bars for before or during the run, along with protein recovery mix for when the run's finished (to help soothe any achey muscles which might occur the next morning) are courtesy of The "Roseburn" Lodges in Edinburgh - who you should visit many times to say thank you for supporting us! The tops for our support crew have been organised by Ralph Shaw of St Andrew 48 and EPH Plumbing. 

Drex and Paul our medics will be coming along, and our first aid supplies are courtesy of Deans Pharmacy - it's more than likely that the guys and the gear won't be needed, but they'll be there just in case!

You've got a decent camera and you're bringing it with you? That's excellent - the more photos to look at afterwards the better!

We have a promise of a quick-assembly gazebo, it's dark green and will be at the top left corner of the car park, so look out for that at the start point.

And there is talk of some scran for when we finish too!

If you can think of anything else which is good for a bike run, let us know - or bring it along with you!

 

PREPARATION

Here's a link to an excellent article about preparing for a run which is longer than your usual cycling trips, or if you'll be doing something like this for the first time. It's written for folk doing the London to Brighton trip which is slightly longer, and definitely hillier, than our wee trip around the Forth - but is certainly worth reading. What will the weather be like? Check out the forecasts for South Queensferry and Kincardine here, so you can wear suitable clothing on the day.

 

YOUR BODY

Any aches and pains putting you off? Now you've no excuse - get yourself along to www.bowenedinburgh.co.uk and Pamela Stirling will help you get back on the bike!

 

ABSENCE

Once you've said you're going - you're going! The only sick notes which will be accepted are if you are suddenly deceased, or, in extreme cases, amputations. Double amputations might be considered, singles definitely will not.

 

TYPE OF BIKE

If you have to borrow a bicycle for the run, you’ll be much better off getting a loan of a road bike - as opposed to a mountain bike with suspension or similar, which are heavier so don’t go as fast for the same effort, and have different (not so good as a "racer") gearing. A hybrid could be ok, but you’ll be on fairly good tarmac roads, and there’s a reason why what you should be riding is called a “road” bike!

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BE LOOKING TO RAISE?

Unlike some "Charity" events, see this article from The Guardian, we have no entrance fee and also no minimum amount - everything raised goes straight to the nominated charity and no costs are taken off, as our wonderfully magnanimous cycle run sponsors cover any expenses. As you know, anything you raise will be gratefully received and faithfully applied, you'll be Steven Cowie's friend for life if you get between £100 and £200, and might even get a cuddle (a manly cuddle, mind) from John Dadds if you manage the £300 mark. John mentioned that even if you only collect £299 he'll still be dishing out cuddles - but that was heard second-hand and shouldn't be relied upon :o)

 

SPONSOR FORMS                                            

If you don't already have one, you can download a sponsor form here. You don't need to bring your forms and any cash donations with you on the day, just add what's on the sheet to your JustGiving page.  There are directions on how to set that up in the OK, I'M UP FOR IT - WHAT NEXT? section further up this page.

 

OUR GUESTS

Our minders on the road will be The Widow's Sons - a great bunch of Masons who are also into big bikes, and do an amazing amount for charity. Some of them even have sound systems on their bikes - you'll love them.

 

LAST YEAR'S RUN

I think we, and Prostate Scotland too, can consider the 2014 run to be an excellent success. A total of 57 cyclists set off, no detours are being mentioned but 57 finished, and we raised £14,000 - not bad, I'm sure you'll agree! If you click on the links, you'll find some photos from the 2014 run to feast your eyes on . . .

Album courtesy of Howard Scott King of No5  Album courtesy of Gordon Michie SPGM F&K 

 

Well, that’s it. Remember to check over your trusty steed (easy DIY tips here on how to do that from those friendly people at South Coast Bikes) at least a week in advance just in case something does need fixed, make sure you have a nourishing, but light, breakfast - and bring your best smile for the photo-calls :o)

 

Enjoy!

THE TWO BRIDGES SIX PROVINCES

CHARITY CYCLE RUN 2015

Helpful Hints, Tips, and Just General Stuff

And here for a copy of the

Information and Fundraising Pack

Click here to make your JustGiving page

 Here for your Entry Form

Here for Sponsor Forms

2015-08-07 This Just In

Click here for

the 2015 photos!