Nik and Rich to cycle from Edinburgh to Budapest for charity

Two Dalgety Bay cyclists are gearing up to cycle from one capital to another as they aim to raise £2,000 for a dementia charity.

Edinburgh College lecturer Nik Olliver and partner Richard Newton are preparing to tandem cycle 2000km from Edinburgh to Budapest later this year in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the country’s leading Dementia charity.

Setting off on Saturday 7 July, the duo will cycle from Edinburgh to Newcastle and cross by ferry to Amsterdam. Their gruelling journey will continue through the Netherlands and Germany, joining the River Danube and following it to Budapest. They aim to reach the Hungarian capital on Tuesday 31 July.

“We aim to do 100-plus kilometres per day”, said Nik. “It will be tough but we’re both really looking forward to the challenge. We will be camping on route so we can be flexible, but July 31 is our target and we hope to reach it and make as much money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as possible.”

Nik, a Health and Safety lecturer at the college, and freelance photographer Richard intend to keep social media updated with images and videos throughout their cycle. Follow their journey here:

So far, Nik and Richard have raised £815. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit Nik and Rich’s MyDonate page here:

Kyle Lockhart, regional fundraising officer – Scotland at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’re so grateful to Nik and Rich for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dementia affects a huge proportion of the population – over 70,000 people in Scotland alone living with dementia and one in three people over 65 in the UK will die with some form of the condition. Fantastic fundraising efforts like this will help us to defeat dementia sooner.”