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Our 2020 cycling adventure!

Story on Bikes 2020

Friday 31st July to Saturday 8th August 2020
Seven cycling days

Story on Bikes 2020 was a cycling adventure about the story of Mamie Martin and the work of the Mamie Martin Fund. 43 riders did it in their own area with our ‘Stay-at-Home’ version, clocking their miles/Kms between June and August. Registration for all rides has now closed and thanks to those who have been cycling and are continuing their rides.

Main Stay-at-Home ride: Riders did the equivalent of the route between the homes of David Livingstone (Blantyre) and Mamie Martin, in whose name we support girls’ education in Malawi, (Tarbet) – 47 miles. Many also rode the full ride distanceof 210 miles. They all got a certificate for the distance covered. They rode those miles/Kms at their own time, in their own location and at their own pace.

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Our Story on Bikes Riders

On Fri 31st July, the cyclists rode from Edinburgh to Blantyre, the home of David Livingstone. Alison Cameron, MMF Scottish Patron launched the project on Sat 1st August. The ride then went to Tarbet, Loch Lomond, where Mamie was born and then to Falkirk, the home of some of the Martin family. We read excerpts from Salt and Light (Mamie’s letters) at relevant points along the way. The ride finished at Milk, a café on the cycle/walk path in Newhaven, Edinburgh on Saturday 8th August.

Thanks to all those who have supported this ride and who continue to support the stay-at-home riders. We raised the profile of our work around the world (really!) and lots of necessary funding came in too.


Fri 31 JulyDay 145Leg 1 Edinburgh to BlantyreNot too hilly, some road cyclingStart at Haymarket Station
Sat 1 AugDay 23011:00 Launch Picnic at Livingston Centre
13:00 Leg 2 – Blantyre to Balloch
30 miles – flat and almost all traffic freeBlantyre train station close by. Exit points Glasgow, Clydebank etc.
Sun 2 AugDay 317Leg 3 – Balloch to InversnaidFlat and reasonably traffic-freeUp West of Loch Lomond and across on ferry. Bunkhouse at Inversnaid
Mon 3 AugDay 426Leg 4 – Inversaid to KillearnA bit hilly but nice family-friendly section from Loch Ard.Meeting Strathendrick friends at Loch Ard sailing club and travelling through forest and back roads with them.
Mon 3 AugDay 416Leg 4a Loch Ard to KillearnForest trails and then some road 
Tues 4 AugDay 532Leg 5 – Killearn to FalkirkA bit hilly but mostly traffic-freePossible exit at Kirkintilloch for Lenzie station.
Weds 5 AugDay 60Rest day
Thurs 6 AugDay 72.5Kelpies/Helix fun ride: 12:00 picnic
13:00 riding
Two laps – one of 1 mile and 1 of 1.5 miles. Playpark, ice-cream, coffee.Parking free at Helix park. Sponsor form available
Now postponed to 2021
Fri 7 AugDay 830Leg 6 Falkirk Grahamston to Inverkeithing via Clackmannan, Dunfermline  
Sat 8 AugDay 914Leg 7 – Inverkeithing to the finish at NewhavenMostly traffic free and flatFinish at MILK
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