A CHARITY cycling event has raised more than £9,000 for Doddie Weir's My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

The aims of the rugby legend's organisation are to raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease; investigate potential cures and to make grants to people with the illness.

Paul Ludford, organiser of the APL Charity Cycle Challenge, said: “Back in 2017 the September ride was Newcastle to Edinburgh, passing through Melrose, one of Doddie’s two rugby club sides, the other being Newcastle Falcons, where I saw him play many times.

"His announcement stunned our team of rugby fanatical riders and we decided to support his foundation."

The 2021 ride was a continuation of the 2019 event.

Day one was Glasgow to Callender (53 miles); day two was Callander to Pitlochry (63 miles); day three was Pitlochry to Kingussie (44 miles) and day four was Kingussie to Inverness (56 miles)

Ten riders along with two support crew completed the journey.

Foundation trustee and former Scotland international rugby player Scott Hastings said: “I am very pleased to hear that this year's APL CCC cycle ride from Glasgow to Inverness supported My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

"Since our launch in November 2018, we have committed over £5million to MND research and have supported many others who are suffering from this disease. Your fundraising efforts will continue to support these areas and one day I hope that we will find a cure.

"Thank you. Help us to help others and donate please."