We like to think that the team at GRM are a fairly active and outdoorsy group! You could argue that it goes with the job, but we often extend that into our free time too!
And cycling is one of the main hobbies for several of the team including our MD Bill Peacock and Ops Director Geoff Beckett. In conjunction with several others from GRM, they have just returned from a tough three-day cycle completing the Scottish Borders Loop.
Starting in Berwick upon Tweed, the team cycled 58 miles to Innerleithen on the first day, mostly into the wind with typical autumnal showers every now and again! The pit stop in Melrose for lunch was definitely welcome, particularly for those who went to the pub for a liquid refill.
Day two was north from Innerleithen to Edinburgh, then east to Musselburgh, 39 miles, the forecast apocalyptic wind and rain of the weather warnings having blown themselves out overnight, and it was a nice trip up the Scottish valley through the moor land hills, past Arthur’s Seat and Palace of Holyroodhouse before cycling along Portobello Beach. An early finish with some intrepid travellers going for a walk around the local pubs before dinner.
Day three was a very windy 60 miles along the coast, firstly east to Dunbar, Eyemouth and back to Berwick, the wind being with us for the most part so excellent progress made, and then the long journey back home. All completed safely without major mechanical difficulties, a good ride, well signposted, and I’ve never seen so much fresh tarmac on the roads as when in Scotland, you could tell when we crossed back into England!
A huge ‘thank you’ to Matt, who didn’t cycle but provided support from the van, including donuts, sandwiches and general encouragement. He visited various castles and Rosslyn Chapel of Davinci Code fame.