Dale’s dad gets on his bike for Mayfield memorial fund

left to right david stewartson, alex chisolm, gary bennett, dave baxter

left to right david stewartson, alex chisolm, gary bennett, dave baxter

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The father of the Mayfield teenager, tragically stabbed in 2011, will cycle 50 miles to raise money for the anti-knife crime fund in his son’s name.

Garry Bennett (51), along with Alex Chisholm, David Stewartson and David Baxter, will take on the Pedal for Scotland Challenge on Sunday, cycling from Glasgow Green to Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. He said: “We are doing this for Dale’s fund. To raise awareness of knife crime. We will be wearing t-shirts with the charity’s logo on it.

“It’s about putting money back into the community. We are doing well with fund-raising so far. There is four of us in the team and we are looking at over £1,000.”

Garry added: “The training has been very difficult.

“I’m pretty fit. I play fives and do different things but I’m finding this is tough going. I’m now doing over 20 miles in under two hours. From Mayfield into Edinburgh around Arthur’s Seat and back. And I feel that I could do more.

“I have never been much of a cyclist. This is the first time I have been on a bike since I was a kid. I have been given a proper racing bike so I have been using that. And hand me down stuff from people. It was quite difficult to get into it but now I want to keep this up.”