THE SUN shone down on cyclists taking part in the RedR cycle challenge in Scotland last month - a very different experience to last year when torrential rain soaked the 77km course.
Founding organiser Brian Pope blamed the reduced number of participants - 40 down on 2004 - on the atrocious weather last time around. But more than 80 people took part in the charity cycle ride, raising over £8,000 for the disaster relief charity.
The event also aimed to raise awareness of the contribution engineers make to alleviating poverty in developing countries in the run up to the G8 summit at Gleneagles, Scotland, this week.
Pope said that the training provided by RedR to engineers and non engineers in environmental health, security, aids awareness, security training and humanitarian practice underpinned sustainable development in poverty stricken countries.
The challenge took cyclists 38.6km from Lock 27 on the Forth & Clyde canal in Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel and a further 38.6km along the Union canal to Ratho near Edinburgh.
Pope said he is keen to attract more people from a broader mix of backgrounds 'to reflect the mix of professionals working through RedR'.
Scottish Executive's cycling promoting initiative 'Cycling Scotland' and the ICE supported the event which is now in its third year. ICE vice president Gordon Masterton took part, sponsored by the ICE Executive.