Poppyscotland’s national fundraising campaign to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has captured the imagination of the nation, and none more so than a Borders cycling sensation who is in the midst of a challenge that is requiring him to cover 1,918 miles on his bike in fewer than 100 days…

Ian McLeod, Chairman for the Hawick Branch of Legion Scotland, heard about The 1918 Poppy Pledge through the branch, and explains why he took up the challenge: “Our Branch feel strongly about providing support to our veterans. What’s more, we want to say ‘thank you’ to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, or were injured, especially on this anniversary of the end of the Great War.

“I will be cycling 1,918 miles between the 1st of August and 31st October. This is being done locally and the miles will be covered mainly on local rides within Hawick and the Borders, with some taking place in other parts of the country. I will need to cover an average 150 miles per week to achieve this, which I’ll fit in along with my full-time job! Yes, it is a tough challenge, but it’s one I’m up for.”

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