It has raised more than £200,000 for the country’s Armed Forces community and now Poppyscotland’s nationally renowned Sportive is set to return for a sixth time later this year…

The annual fundraising event in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, which takes place this year on Sunday 29th September and attracts more than 1,000 riders, is being sponsored by renewable energy firm Fred. Olsen Renewables, which today renewed its sponsorship commitment to the Sportive.

Fran Tierney, 52, a keen cyclist and member of the Poppyscotland Sportive committee, said: “I have participated in this event for the past two years and absolutely love it. I am a member of Kinross Cycling Club and last year I tackled the 100-mile route, which was an interesting challenge due to the wind! But after finishing, the hot drink and toast brought a big smile at the end to a great day.

“As a new member of the Sportive committee, I will now be helping on the day of the event – and I can’t wait. Each of the three routes offers a unique cycling experience for both club and recreational cyclists. The scenery is amazing with a mixture of coast and country with rolling hills. If you have a bike, I definitely recommend this event for your diary.”

Poppyscotland’s Katriona Harding, who organises the event, said: “Today is all about telling cyclists across the country that your much-loved Sportive is back again. The Sportive is always a sell-out event, so we encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible.

“It is a privilege for us to have Fred. Olsen Renewables on board as our sponsor again this year – and for the next two years as well. Along with their support, and the generosity of those taking part, the Poppyscotland Sportive has raised an incredible £211,717 which goes directly to our Welfare Services team as they work tirelessly to support veterans throughout the country.”

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