Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Scotland: Riders endure scorching temperatures at annual festival around Broughton

Peeblesshirenews.com - Full Article

14 July 2013

ON the hottest day of the year so far, most sane people were taking it easy in the shade with the Sunday papers and a cold drink to hand.

Not the 70-odd riders who took to the hills around Broughton on the third day of the endurance festival that has become a flagship event for the Scottish Endurance Riding Club.

Based at Corstane Farm, the event attracted more than 230 entries from all over Scotland and the north of England.

Starting with a leisurely pleasure ride on Friday evening along the old railway line to Biggar, riders really kicked into gear on Saturday morning.

Classes ranged from 80kms over two days to another two different pleasure routes.

The first set of routes took riders south-west of Broughton towards Coulter Shaw and over the hills affording wonderful views of the Clyde valley. The warm sun was toned down by a strong breeze that made for perfect riding conditions - a marked contrast to 2012 when the weekend event had to be cancelled as both routes and venue were water-logged...

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