Hitting the roads and braving the rain, this weekend 508 cyclists took the streets of Scotland to peddle for poverty.

It was our annual Edinburgh to St Andrews bike ride and, as they have done since 1979, our top supporters rode the 68 miles all in aid of Lepra.

While the sun may not have been shining, that didn’t stop families, friends and racers from biking over the Forth Road Bridge. Our first speedy peddler crossed the finish line at 12.39pm having only set off at 8.45am from Inverleith Park in Edinburgh.

They were encouraged by Scottish cycling champion, Graeme Obree, who had said in the run up to the event:

The Edinburgh to St Andrews Bike Ride is a fabulous event that has been raising money for Lepra’s work for over 20 years. This year’s ride could mean reaching a grand total of half a million pounds, all of which goes towards improving healthcare and reducing poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries.

We haven’t quite tallied up our totals yet but it could be that 2016 is the year we hit a grand total raised of £500,000. That is a massive achievement!

Edinburgh to St Andrews cycle ride 2016All of the money raised goes towards our projects in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique where we work to reach more people whose lives are affected by disease, poverty and prejudice.

As usual, our riders were not alone and had the full support of local volunteers. They were out in full force making sure our riders were fed and fuelled.

The Ladies Circle at Kinross served up hot soup while those at Freuchie supplied afternoon tea for those in need of a sugar hit. The iconic ice cream van on the Cleish Hill also had its fair share of customers despite the colder climate.

Jack Irvine and Alistair Reid are annual supporters and commented on what a great day it had been.

“It is the best, better than all the rest. The ride is an institution and a happy day with a friends and family feel to it – it’s so much better than other rides.”

We are so grateful to all of our amazing riders who gave up their Sunday morning to cycle such a long way. Your support will help us to change the lives of so many children, women and men who may otherwise have faced a life of disability, shame and hardship.

Thank you!

Where to send your sponsorship money?

You can upload the money you have raised on our website by clicking the button below. Don't forget to send us your completed sponsorship form as well so we can ensure the gift aid is correct. You can send this via post to the address below or via email to RosK@lepra.org.uk 

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Alternatively you can send it via post to:

Lepra
The Beehive, Dolphinton
Nr West Linton
Peeblesshire
EH46 7HH

Want to take part next year? 

Our 2017 Edinburgh to St Andrews Cycle Ride is still being organised and a date is yet to be confirmed. If you would like to be kept up-to-date and be notified when online registration opens for next year's event, sign up below! 

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