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Highland challenge for Mayor

Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard, left of three, is undertaking the Scottish Highlands cycling challenge with friends George and Bella Murray.
Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard, left of three, is undertaking the Scottish Highlands cycling challenge with friends George and Bella Murray.

Coun Jack Gebhard has spoken of a tough start to his cycling challenge around the Scottish Highlands.

The Mayor of Morpeth is undertaking a 500-mile cycle ride around the Scottish Highlands in aid of his chosen charity for his year in the role, Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.

The route is popular amongst motorists who often use it as an opportunity to see the Highlands, but some cyclists take the route as a challenge.

Coun Gebhard is undertaking the challenge with friends George and Bella Murray. It started on Monday.

Speaking of the first three days, he said: “On the first day we experienced torrential rain with a strong headwind and on the second day, we had to endure the Balleach Na Bà, widely regarded as the hardest cycle climb in the UK.

“I’ve received many supportive comments from people back home and some generous donations, which make it all worth it.

“We’ll see how I feel at the end.”

The challenge is ongoing and anyone who would like to donate can do so at the Town Hall or online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JustMayorThings
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind provides advice and support to help anyone in Northumberland or Tyneside experiencing mental health problems. The charity also promotes healthy mental well-being.