Caithness cyclist plans 100 mile trip in one day to raise money for charity

A CAITHNESS cycling enthusiast tries to ride 100 miles in one day and raise money for charity. Ken Bateson, a retired worker from Dounreay, who lives in Thurso, plans to take on his daunting challenge on Sunday and help boost the Trussell Trust and Caithness Foodbank funds.

Ken said: “I decided towards the start of the year that I would like to try what cyclists call the century, which means riding 100 miles in one day. It’s been described as a rite of passage for all cyclists. cyclists and certainly quite a challenge for me, I hope I will be up to it.

He had a setback in his plans when he contracted coronavirus in March, but has now recovered and has traveled the miles.

Ken Bateson during a practice in Castletown

“Then it occurred to me to combine my love of getting out on my bike with trying to raise money and help a worthwhile charity. I opted for the Trussell Trust and the Caithness Foodbank because , in these difficult times many families are really struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table.£381 was raised for the Trust via my FB page.

“I also run a guess the weather sponsorship with all funds raised from this going directly to the Caithness Foodbank. A suggested donation is £5 a guess. A local business called RomArt run by Robin Clarke helped design the the poster and fill out the sponsorship forms for me at no cost. A number of local businesses donated prizes for the contest,” Ken said.

They include a rare bottle of Dalwhinnie Ltd Edition single malt whisky, a meal for two at Thurso’s Legion, a bottle of wine and biscuits, a liter bottle of bacardi and a carvery meal for two at the Pentland Hotel as well as other goodies.

Ken gives the thumbs up during a run in Castletown
Ken gives the thumbs up during a run in Castletown

“I’m going to start from Thurso towards Melvich, turn onto Strath road then head towards Helmsdale. I’ll be back the same way. I plan to take three breaks including a hearty lunch in Helmsdale! It’s approx. 106 miles in total but the time estimate is exactly 100 miles and will only include actual bike time My friend Paul Manson will provide spares and supplies for the vehicle during the cycle,” added Ken.

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Wiley C. Thompson