< Sue cycled the Berwick circular, Tiree and the hard part of Arran – Mamie Martin Fund

Sue cycled the Berwick circular, Tiree and the hard part of Arran

Sue is a teacher and has three grown up children. They enjoyed great educational opportunities as they grew up in Scotland. Sue became interested in the MMF when she realised what a disparity there was in opportunities for young women in Malawi and her own daughters in Scotland.   

Her first training ride this summer, 2022, was the Dollar – Tillicoultry loop. After her first outing, she sent MMF her comment saying: “After my very spectacular face plant off my bike last summer, I’m feeling very anxious about slipping on mud …. however, despite the torrential rain the night before, I managed the muddy bits on Dollar Tilly Loop today!” 

In June she cycled round the Island of Tiree, a windy and beautiful island.  

On 26th June, she joined the group of MMF friends who has cycled the Scotland-England border, and they did the circular bike ride around the border. 

As she reflected the ride, she commented: “We had a fabulous weekend, starting with Alasdair’s talk and book reading at Berwick Library. Well done to Moira for her excellent hosting of the Q and A after Alasdair’s reading from his book, which was fascinating. The ride on the Saturday was fun and well punctuated with coffee stops and another book reading, a stop at the honey farm and the best local ice cream!  Along the way we were given generous donations and many people showed interest in what the MMF does.  A great weekend, some good fundraising and awareness raising.” 

Then Sue took her bike to Arran in July and cycled an impressive half-boundary. Anyone who has cycled the String will know what a challenge that was. Sue wrote:

We had a great day – it was MUCH harder than I was anticipating and with my heavy bike the hills were brutal.

37 miles – 1,882 feet – 5 1/2 hours saddle time

Really enjoyed it but it has been suggested I ask Santa for a new (lighter)  bike for Christmas!

We stopped at the Lochranza Brewery for a well deserved coffee and saw the Waverley sail past in the bay. Great homemade cakes at the post office at Pirnmill village store!

Sadly the weather was too wild for the southern half….. although I was secretly relieved!!

As well as cycling, Sue loves to sew. She had another mishap with her yellow t-shirt when it got caught in the washing machine recently and she did her best to transform the neckline so it was still wearable! 

Thank you, Sue, for your contribution and sharing your story.