Bank duo make a stop during epic bike run

Alicia Murray and Colin Spence with Peterhead Clydesdale Bank staff

Alicia Murray and Colin Spence with Peterhead Clydesdale Bank staff

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Two North-east Clydesdale Bank managers stopped by the Peterhead branch recently as part of their sponsored cycle trip.

Alicia Murray and her partner Colin Spence cycled to and visited 37 branches of Clydesdale Bank in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, cycling 900 miles over two weeks.

Their challenge started in Inverness, after which they headed north through Dingwall, Tain and Brora and then onto a total of 37 branches finishing with Aboyne and Alford on Friday.

This is the second time that Alicia and Colin have organised their own sponsored cycle, but this trip is more than three times the distance of their previous one.

Alicia and Colin sported yellow sunflowers on their bikes, signifying the official logo of the Bank’s charity partner, Help The Hospices - the leading charity supporting hospice care throughout the UK.

Alicia and Colin dropped by the Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Mintlaw and Ellon Branches on Wednesday, May 22 and thereafter headed onward to Aberdeen before finishing at their home branches.

Speaking at Peterhead on Wednesday morning, Alicia said: “We feel fighting fit, apart from a few aches and pains.”

The pair admitted they had found a few favorite routes as Alicia explained: “The Banff to Turriff road was beautiful and the sun was shining, but I think the weather makes all the difference because Skye was bonnie too but we faced all four seasons that day!”

While on the road, the duo received some support from passers-by as Alicia said: “We got some friendly car horn toots, I think they must have seen the sunflowers on our bikes and thought we were doing something for charity” while Colin joked: “Maybe it was because we were going too slowly!”

To celebrate the end of their massive challenge, Alicia said: “We will probably have a nice long bath, but luckily it is a bank weekend so we will have plenty time to relax and recover.”

Clydesdale Bank will match pound for pound all donations made to the challenge.

Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/aliciamurray or by texting CLYD82 £(donation amount) to 70070 or by popping into any Clydesdale Branch.