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Congratulations to our supporter Joe McDowall

We’d like to say congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to our supporter Joe McDowall on completing his 54 mile sponsored cycle challenge.  Joe cycled the route of the 54 mile Suie Classic Cycle Sportive in Aberdeenshire last month and fundraised a fantastic £1,230!

Joe and his colleagues at the Rotary Club of Inverurie have supported our work for many years.  They’ve participated in the Rotary Rides for Prostate Cancer as part of the Great Inverurie Bike Ride, an event at which they have also previously fundraised and raised awareness of our cause.

Joe trained for several weeks in the run up to his challenge.  The Suie Classic Cycle Sportive  event is normally run as part of the Great Inverurie Bike Ride.  The event was cancelled when new restrictions due to coronavirus were introduced, however Joe undertook a solo cycle of the route instead, recording his ride on the fitness app Strava.

The 54 mile cycle is the longest and toughest route of the three events of the Great Inverurie Bike Ride.  From Inverurie and back, it winds around quiet roads through the scenic Donside and Bennachie hill range.  The total ascent of this tough challenge is 4,347 ft (1,324 metres).  Joe completed the ride in an impressive 4 hours 25 minutes!

We’re absolutely thrilled that Joe has raised £1,230 including Gift Aid in aid of our work.  We’re also delighted to receive continued support from Joe and the Rotary Club of Inverurie as we continue to take forward our work to give the best possible information, support, advice and guidance to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and disease.

Joe would like to thank all his family, friends and fellow Rotarians for the support they gave him but in particular his cycling companion Victor who accompanied him to take photos.

Virtual fundraising ideas

We’ve updated our virtual fundraising pages to include some ideas for cycling and other active challenges, plus many other fundraising ideas to suit other interests.  Head to:

Our new services for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer

To complement the care you receive from the medical experts, Prostate Scotland is currently developing a range of support and wellbeing services to help men across Scotland navigate prostate cancer and disease.  It is called our COMPASS project and in time it will cover information, courses, exercise programmes, workshops and support services.  Head to prostatescotland.org.uk/help-and-support-for-you for more details.