Distinguished fundraisers

The Distinguished Gentlemen's ride ready to set off from the Leadburn Inn
The Distinguished Gentlemen's ride ready to set off from the Leadburn Inn

More than 100 motorcyclists headed off from the Leadburn Inn south of Penicuik recently to raise thousands of pounds in a charity motorbike ride.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride to Edinburgh, was held to raise awareness of prostate cancer and £20,000 towards the worldwide total of £2.8 million raised so far for the Movember Foundation - which supports men’s health, particularly tackling prostate cancer and suicide.

Iain Dempster, owner of the Leadburn Inn, said: “There were 150 riders. That was up from 96 last year so it was significantly up. I think there is more awareness of the ride now, and the biking community always wants to give back rather than just take. Especially for worthwhile causes like prostate cancer.

“We have been the host for the last couple of years liaising with the main organiser.

“We had great weather this year. It was great riding into Edinburgh, people double taking 150 bikes driven by men in tweeds. It raises awareness which is the whole point. Lots of people took pictures and asked questions.

“We were delighted that the organisers came to us. And obviously, being where we are, the motorcycle side of our business is a big deal for us.”