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Register for the Bethany Edinburgh Sportive to Support The Bethany Trust

by Holly Blades

Now in its fourth year The Bethany Sportive, the exciting event for serious amateurs, involves a super challenge route of 102 miles. There is also a shorter route of 72 miles on offer for those who would not be able to complete the longer stretch within 8 hours or less.

Riders leave from Lasswade High School in Bonnyrigg and head south over the Moorfoot Hills to Innerleithen where the long and shorter routes split. Just before the split there is chance to stop off at the first water station to rehydrate. The long route now takes a spectacularly scenic route around the borders where a water and feed station will be located at Tushielaw before riders take on the formidable climb (and then descent!) of Witchie Knowe!

For the shorter route, riders return to Lasswade from Innerleithen via the River Tweed and Gala Water valleys. Both routes meet again just west of Galashiels and head north where another feed and water station awaits loaded with cakes!

Riders then return to the High School over the Moorfoot Hills once more where another water station will be on hand to top you up before attempting those rolling hills. Each participant will be individually timed and the finishing times will be published on the Bethany website after the event.

Feed and water stations will also be on hand offering the riders refreshments along the way which should stock a variety of snacks, high sugar biscuits and cakes as well as water. We have travelling first aiders, a team of route response vehicles and motorbike outriders. You are in very safe hands.

Entries are limited to 400 with an entry fee of £30 per entrant. Please sign up quickly to ensure a space.  

There are 50 free spaces for riders who can raise over £100 in sponsorship!

If you would like to register for one of these free spaces, please email Hannah BEFORE you sign up: Alternatively, for more information please get in touch and ask as many questions as you like as the organisers would love to hear from you!

Entry fee has been kept at £30 for the fourth year. It costs Bethany around £30 to provide a homeless person with a warm safe bed in their shelter, a hot meal, get advice and a breakfast. With over 80,000 currently homeless in Scotland we have a lot of work to do. Every cyclist represents someone they can help. Please join like minded cyclists for an amazing day with stunning scenery and hopefully you can transform someone's life forever. 

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