Rodger gets on his bike for charity

Rodger takes a break at Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy. Pic: Peter Adamson
Rodger takes a break at Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy. Pic: Peter Adamson

Markinch man Rodger Ardron was delighted to join cycling celebrity Mark Beaumont on the Fife leg of his charity cycle recently.

Rodger (32), is a branch manager with Slater, Hogg and Howison in Kirkcaldy, and was the only Fife team member to take part in the Countrywide Great Tour in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

He cycled the 70-mile stretch of the event from St Andrews to Musselburgh, stopping off for a break at Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy last Wednesday where he posed for some photographs.

Rodger, who recently married wife Linzie, said: “I have always enjoyed taking part in charity events. In the past I have taken part in a nine-day cross Scotland hike, an overnight hill walk in the Trossachs and climbed Ben Nevis, so a 70-mile cycle seemed like a great new challenge!

“And when I found out it was for MacMillan Cancer Support, I knew I had to give it a go. It’s a truly amazing service that they provide and I was honoured to help in any way possible.

“The day was truly inspiring – appreciating the Fife coast from a bike rather than through the car window, and cycling alongside Mark Beaumont and fellow team mates from Slater, Hogg and Howison and Countrywide.

“Mark was really approachable and he helped out with several mechanical problems in our group. He was really down to earth.

“The bike experience, though painful the next day, was superb. We have great roads and scenery in Fife which made it easier.”

The cycle which started at Llandudno on July 4 is due to finish on September 5.

To help boost Rodger’s fundraising total for MacMillan Cancer Research, visit Rodger’s Just Giving page.

Countrywide Great Tour

The Countrywide Great Tour is a 6700 kilometer circumnavigation of the British coastline by bike.

Mark Beaumont, who held the world-record for cycling around the world, taking 194 days and 17 hours to cycle an incredible 29,446-kilometres, joined the event on Wednesday, July 29 for the 113-kilometre Day 26 route from St Andrews to Musselburgh in East Lothian. For him, the 113-kilometre leg will be a lot less than the 150km a day he averaged during his world-record in 2008. He has also cycled the length of Africa and the Americas.