A pair of Edinburgh cyclists have returned home after completing a marathon cycle from Athens to raise money for St Columba’s Hospice.Best friends Stuart Doyle and Chris Strother finished their cycle yesterday on Calton Hill to the cheers and applause of friends, family and admiring tourists.
Both men said they were
“overwhelmed’ as they were cheered on by their loved ones for the last few metres.
The 3000 mile cycle – named Parthenon2Parthenon in reference to the classical architecture of the Scottish capital’s similarity to that of the Greek landmark – was completed in a mere seven weeks.
Leslie Christie, Director of Fundraising for St Columba’s Hospice, said:
“The commitment that Stuart and Chris have shown to St Columba’s Hospice and their challenge has been incredible and we are truly honoured to have them supporting us.
“Cycling 3000 miles is an incredible achievement and we are immensely proud of their undertaking. ”
The duo has so far managed to raise a staggering 3300 for the hospice, where Stuart’s grandmother Betty received care before her death in 2006.