WITH SUMMER temptingly close the time has come to make real all those good intentions and get active.
And what better reason to raise your heart rate than for the RedR Canal Cycle Challenge on 26 June?
The route runs from Glasgow almost to Edinburgh and if the prospect of an invigorating cycle ride along the towpath of the beautiful Forth & Clyde and Union Canals is not enough there is the added attraction of a close-up view of the much admired Falkirk Wheel.
The main aim of the day is to raise funds for engineering charity RedR and prizes will be awarded to the team and individual raising the most in sponsorship.
A free lunch is thrown in for good measure and as you take a well earned breather, there will be a chance to hear from Green Party MSP Mark Ruskell and ICE vice president, Gordon Masterton.
The event gives engineers an opportunity to not only participate in the cycling, but also join the debate on infrastructure policy for poverty relief in the developing world, says RedR.
The cycle will be in two 24km stages and depending on how energetic you feel, you can choose to participate in one or both. After 9am registration, stage one runs from 9.30am to about 12.30pm. Stage two begins at 1.45pm, passing the magnificent Avon and Almond Aqueducts to finish at 4.30pm just outside Edinburgh at the Bridge Inn, Ratho.
And if your legs can stand it, cyclists are invited to have a celebratory pint at the Hogshead in Glasgow's West End from 9pm.
For further details and a registration form please contact Brian Pope on: b. c. pope@ waterman-group.co.uk.