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Le Tour de Tayside in memory of Joe

Pictured at the Market Muir, Forfar preparing for the forthcoming charity cycle run are, from left, Graeme Russo, Anne Allan, Alison Brown and Gavin Jolly.

Pictured at the Market Muir, Forfar preparing for the forthcoming charity cycle run are, from left, Graeme Russo, Anne Allan, Alison Brown and Gavin Jolly.

A group of dedicated cyclists will take to the roads around Forfar on Sunday for a bike ride to raise funds for and awareness of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The fourth ‘Tour de Tayside’ has been organised by family and friends of the late Joe Russo, who lost his brave battle against leukaemia almost 20 years to the day.

His family - Alison, Martin and Graeme and his widow Anne - have organised this year’s event which begins with registration in the Market Muir at 9 a.m.

The money raised will be split between Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the haematology unit at Ninewells Hospital.

The 43-mile cycle run will begin at 10 a.m. and there is a mini-cycle event for young children which is three times round the Market Muir.

Joe’s youngest grand-children Olivia, Grace, Demi, Jodi and Antoni are completing the latter whilst Alison’s children Jamie and Rebekah are joining their mum for the main event along with Martin’s daughter Sophie and Graeme’s son Lewis. Members of the Angus Cardiac Group are also taking part.

The course heads out to Craichie and Wellbank before reaching the Sidlaw Hills, taking in many of Joe’s favourite sites. It makes its way back to Forfar via Meigle and Padanaram in time for a barbecue in the Market Muir.

The family have held three previous ‘tours’ over the years, raising around £12,000. The money has been used in a variety of ways, helping patients battling leukaemia as well as their families. It has also been used to provide better Broadband for those in the ward as well as computer equipment and a printer for a young patient who went on to graduate from university.

Anyone wishing to sponsor those taking part can visit www.justgiving.com/Graeme-Russo1 or pop in to Boyz-Zone or Re-Invention where there are sponsor forms.

Anyone wishing to take part can register on the day.

 

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