The 2019 Butt to Barra cycle raised a whopping £25,000 for local charities, it was announced yesterday (Wednesday October 2nd).

Cheques are to be handed over to three charities at an event at the Rangers’ Club in Stornoway on Saturday evening.

Bethesda Hospice will see the benefit of a cheque for £9,086. 95, while the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Group will get £8,607.50. Crossroads Lewis will take delivery of their cheque, for £7,305.92, at the same time.

A party of 32 cyclists, plus support vehicles and a mobile repair service, covered the 175-mile route from the Butt of Lewis to Castlebay in Barra over three days in July. En route they experienced pouring rain, dense fog and even some dry, warm weather.

The target total for the epic cycle was £5,000, easily reached before anyone put their foot on a pedal. The exact amounts to be given to each charity are based on totals donated to sponsored individuals, with GiftAid contributions on some online donations.

Announcing the total on social media yesterday, a spokesman said: “Butt to Barra Charity Cycle 2019 would like to say a massive, massive thank you to (those) who have supported this year’s cycle. Without your support the charity cycle wouldn't have been able to raise £25,000 for three local charities. Thank you to everyone who donated/sponsored, the amount raised wouldn't be possible without your support.”

Picture shows cyclists leaving the Sound of Barra ferry at Ardmhor on the final leg of their journey (Butt to Barra).