There seems to be no end to the super fit bunch of staff at Turning Point Scotland, only too willing to jump into the saddle to raise money.

Last month Chris Archibald raised thousands of pounds for Make It Happen by pedalling his way around Scotland.

This month it was the turn of Dumfries & Galloway’sTony Hutchinson and Alan Oswald as the pair set out to complete the Pedal for Scotland Challenge to raise funds for Turning Point Scotland’s youth services in the Wigtownshire area.

Alan said:

“We left Dumfries at 7.30am to start the event in the 9.30am wave from Glasgow Green with the aim of finishing in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh in the afternoon. We were completing it on the Turning Point Scotland tandem that we had been fixing up for the past year and thought it would be fun to complete it on this bike.

It turned out to be a really bad idea as fairly early on we realised the bike wasn’t exactly fast and was so heavy, we had to push it up most hills! The course was supposed to be 50 miles long, but due to a diversion it became 55 miles.

Overall, the course took us 8 hours to complete with us being one of the few ‘novelty’ bikes to make it to the finish line. In total, we raised about £350 for the youth services. The tandem bike will now be serviced and will be available for the D&G services to use in the next few weeks.”