AN ESTIMATED 350 bikers gathered in Denholm on Saturday August 27 for the 19th annual 'Hizzy' Memorial Run.

The annual event remembers Borderer Steve Hislop, a British motorcycling champion who was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash near his hometown in 2003.

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The Hawick-born motorcyclist won at the Isle of Man TT 11 times, and the British Superbike Championship in 1995 and 2002, the year before his death.

A convoy set out on a circular 134-mile route through the Borders to Kelso, Coldstream, over Soutra, and then into Hawick.

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This year’s chosen charity was The Lavender Touch which has supported people living with cancer in the Borders for 20-years.

Border Telegraph: 'Hizzy Memorial Run.

All of the money raised will help fund a team of complementary therapists to provide cancer patients and their carers with therapy treatments at the BGH Macmillan Centre, Margaret Kerr Unit or at home.

These treatments can bring relief from the side effects associated with the symptoms of cancer such as nausea, anxiety and insomnia.

One of the event organisers Wendy Oliver who knew Hizzy well said: "It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since Steve died, sometimes it feels like yesterday but other times you think of all that’s happened during that time.

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“Steve served his apprenticeship with my dad so I grew up knowing him and I it's important for the younger generation to know about his achievements,

“The museum has a great tribute to him and there is the statue is in Hawick Park and another in the Isle of Man.

“I really want this to continue but this will be my last time organising it as I think it needs a fresh brain.”

The money is still coming in and already more than £2,000 has been raised.