On Sunday 10th September thirteen MMF and Soko supporters braved the rain and set off from Glasgow at 8 am to cycle 45 miles to Edinburgh. This came at the end of a long period of planning, preparation, cycle-training and cake-eating. This was our first joint fund-raising event with The Soko Fund and was great fun as well as strengthening our partnership, which allows at least five MMF beneficiaries to benefit from Soko Fund university scholarships in Malawi.
Nearly 8,000 people cycled various versions of Pedal for Scotland this year. We did the ‘classic’ one which was on closed roads, heaven for cyclists. Fortunately we didn’t have any problems, other than weary muscles. The weather was a bit damp but our spirits were not. The ‘young ones’, including Mamie Martin’s great-grandson, finished first and the venerable MMF convenors brought up the rear. We keep reminding ourselves that it was not a race. It really wasn’t – it was a great privilege to be part of such a huge event, with all ages and sizes of people and bikes.
In the post-event euphoria, many of the team are keen to repeat this madness next year. We will certainly do a ‘Wee Jaunt’ in 2018 so watch this space for the date and get finding wee people to do that 10 mile event.