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Calling all cyclists and walkers.


Calling all cyclists and walkers.

Be one of 25 locals who are challenging themselves for St Vincent’s Hospice 25th anniversary year on an exclusive weekend duathlon cycle and trek.

Challenge 25 is an adventurous weekend cycle and trek on Arran, covering 42 miles by bike from Brodick to Lochranza on day 1, and trekking 847m to the summit of Goatfell on day 2.

st-vincents-hospiceSt Vincent’s Hospice provides specialist care for those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Their services are available to all, totally free of charge, thanks to the generosity of local communities.

Fundraiser Ashley Moran said “the money raised through Challenge 25 will go directly to caring for local patients and their families.

“It’s a great opportunity to tick some new years’ resolutions off your list; get fit, have a fabulous weekend completing an exciting new challenge while supporting St Vincent’s Hospice in our special 25th Anniversary year.

I can’t think of a better way to raise vital funds for the Hospice and give yourself a new challenge for 2013 – so what are you waiting for? Be part of it!.”

An Information Evening is being held on Feb 21st at 6.30pm at St Vincent’s Hospice, with coffee and cake and the opportunity to pick up your free t-shirt.

All transport, meals and accommodation are provided on the weekend and no expensive gear is required, just your own bike and walking shoes.

St Vincent’s Hospice has a full 25th anniversary programme of celebrations and has launched a £1m appeal to maintain and develop its crucial services. For more info email or visit

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Provost teams up with Paralympian Aileen

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Provost teams up with Paralympian Aileen

Renfrewshire’s Provost teamed up with Paralympic medal-winning heroine Aileen McGlynn to help honour the area’s grassroots sporting champions.

Provost Anne Hall was at the Renfrewshire Sports Network Awards in Paisley Town Hall where she gave a speech in honour of Aileen.

Paralympian Aileen mcglynnThe Paisley-born cyclist – who was given an OBE in 2009 – is partially-sighted but rides in tandem with a fully-sighted pilot.

She picked up a silver medal in the summer to add to the three gold and one silver won at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics.

Provost Hall gave a short speech congratulating Aileen, who used to train with the Johnstone Wheelers club, while also praising her fellow Renfrewshire-connected Olympians and Paralympians

They are Emily Maguire, of Paisley, who won bronze in London as part of Team GB’s ladies’ hockey team, and 16-year-old Paralympic swimmer Andrew Mullen, who started out at the local REN96 club, and who qualified for three finals in the pool.

Provost Hall said: “The achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians this summer were so inspiring to watch.

“It was great to meet Aileen in person to hear her talk about her fantastic list of achievements over the years.

“There was a lot of talk during this summer of sport about legacy, and that’s what organisations like Renfrewshire Sports Network are there to build.

“The ultimate success of the London Olympics and Paralympics will be judged on how many of our young people are taking part in sport and living healthy lives.”

Aileen, 39, handed out awards to local sportspeople as the guest of honour at the town hall event.

Renfrewshire Sports Network offers representation and support to a range of sports clubs. A total of £5,800 was given out on the night to help aid local competitors.

John Rodger, chair of Renfrewshire Sports Network, said: “It was the first time we have held an event like this, but the Provost wanted to do something to help us mark the Olympic year and the achievements of our sporting champions.

“It was a great night and was really successful. We plan to do a lower-key version again next year.”

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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle

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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!

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Two friends Cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise funds for charity – Epilepsy Bereaved

On Sunday 12 September 2010 two determined friends are cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in Memory of Alan Donaldson and in support of Epilepsy Bereaved
About Alan: Alan Donaldson tragically died at the age of 29 from Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP) on 2nd of January 2010, Alan had lived with epilepsy for many years but he never let it stop him achieving anything in life such as gaining a first class honours degree and masters as well as travelling over the world. Alan was a loyal friend to many, dearly loved son, brother & partner. Alan would have celebrated his 30th Birthday on the 2nd September 2010. Alan had a passion for football, music and current affairs, he was a very intellectual young man with a vigour for life which has inspired many people to help support the charity SUDEP.

The Cycle: Jamie Grant (age 25) and Scott Duncan (age 30) from Renfrewshire are cycling 51 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh (as part of Pedal for Scotland) in aid of SUDEP to help raise awareness of a startling fact that is not yet well known: 3 people die suddenly every day in their prime across the UK from epilepsy. Jamie and Scott are also trying to help Alan’s family and friends meet their fundraising target of £20,000 towards the SUDEP charity which they are very determined and motivated to achieving.

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On Saturday 4th September 2010 – 125 family & friends were inspired by a photo once taken of Alan at the summit of Ben Lomond. They walked up the 3196 feet high Ben Lomond to celebrate Alan’s Life and Memory as he would have been 30 that week if he had not been taken by SUDEP.