beat the ferry

Top 5 reasons to take part in Beat The Ferry

24th Mar 2017

We are so excited for our new challenge event ‘Beat The Ferry’! Join us on 24th June for a wonderful day of cycling in the Argyll with a fun twist. 

The challenge is set in four stages, and participants will try to beat the ferry at each one. However, don’t be intimidated! This is a fun event and we try to accommodate all levels of fitness with this challenge. We would recommend that you train, and try to complete 20-30 miles in one day in the lead up to the event so that you feel comfortable covering that distance. It is not a race but we hope that participants will enjoy the event feeling adequately prepared for the distance/hills.

Our route is Ardrossan – Brodick – Lochranza – Claonaig – Tarbert – Portavadie – Colintraive – Rhuboddach – Rothesay – Wemyss Bay

Now we know exercising might not be your favourite thing, but cycling can have many benefits. So here are a few simple truths that might make you take it up as a hobby and hopefully join us for a good cause.

1. Beat the traffic 

Beat The Traffic

Cycling is actually a type of transportation! We all know the struggle of the morning traffic, so why not beat it? In the rush hour in a car you’ll average just 7mph, compared to 12-15mph cycling. And you’ll get in your daily exercise easily!

2. Beat the insomnia

beat the insomnia

It has been proven that people suffering from insomnia fell asleep quicker and enjoyed better quality of sleep after only 20-30 minutes of cycling per day. Everyone can benefit from a good rest, so grab the bike today!

3. Beat the memory loss

Beat the memory

A 5% improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling leads to an improvement of up to 15% in mental tests. Memory starts to naturally deteriorate at 30, so it’s important to work and improve it. Regular exercise also helps ward off Alzheimer’s.

4. Beat the colds 

beat the colds

Moderate exercise boosts the immune system and helps it fight off those annoying bugs. Research has found that people who cycle for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, take about half the sick days of people who don’t. In addition to this, the risk of heart disease is reduced by 50%.

5. Beat the pollution 

beat the pollution

It takes 5% of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution. Bikes are also efficient, using much less energy to move and with all the other added benefits it’s no wonder cycling is so popular.


Those are all amazing reasons for anyone to take up cycling. If not enough though, join us for ‘Beat the Ferry’ and make a real difference to the patients and their families at The Beatson. We are here to give support and care to everyone affected by cancer, and only through the dedication of our supporters can we fulfil our mission. For more information on the event click here or you can register right now below: