Rhona cycles round Scotland for charity

Rhona Guild is welcomed to the Blue Toon by members of the Peterhead Relay for Life
Rhona Guild is welcomed to the Blue Toon by members of the Peterhead Relay for Life

The vice chair and secretary of Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Kirriemuir visited Peterhead recently as part of a charity cycle.

Rhona Guild cycled 812 miles around Scotland between Sunday 16 and Monday 24 August to connect all the Relay for Life sites in Scotland.

Rhona took on the massive challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK while raising awareness in the hope that other Scottish towns and regions may become involved with the community event.

In the Relay for Life teams take it in turns to walk or run around the track throughout the duration of the event which can be between 12-24 hours.

There is an action packed entertainment programme to keep everyone occupied when they are not walking, which includes live music, local demonstrations, competitions and often a talk by a local CRUK funded scientist.

The Candle of Hope Ceremony is a special part of the event, whereby candle bags are lit and placed around the walking track in celebration of survivors of cancer or in memory of someone lost to cancer.

Commenting on her challenge Rhona said: “I have been involved in Relay for Life in Kirriemuir since its inception in 2007 and I am very passionate about the event and the role it plays in both supporting people affected by cancer, encouraging people to talk about cancer, and of course in raising the funds CRUK so badly need.

“I have had family and close friends affected by cancer, giving me cause both to ride in remembrance and celebration.

“During the ride I connected the CRUK Relay for Life sites at Kirriemuir, Dundee, Arbroath, Peterhead, Thurso, Perth, Dalgety Bay, East Kilbride and Wigtown.”