PEOPLE in Dumbarton and the Vale are being urged to “hike and bike” around Loch Lomond this spring to raise some much needed funds for one of the country’s leading neurological charities.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) will be holding a 7.5 mile hike along the West Highland Way and 35 mile cycle through the Trossachs.

They are the only charity in the country supporting families living with the degenerative neurological condition, Huntington’s disease (HD).

The event, organised by Sports Ecosse, starts and finishes at the Rowardennan Hotel on May 26.

Participants will either walk or run from Rowardennan along the banks of Loch Lomond to Inversnaid, pick up their bike and cycle back via Aberfoyle and Drymen.

Bag and bike transfers will be laid on by event organisers as well as snack stops along the way. The route will be marshalled to ensure no one gets lost.

SHA fundraising officer Linda Winters said: “This is a great event to do as a competitive team event or just as a family day out. All we are asking is that you commit to raising a modest £150 to support our work.”

Linda added: “This event will attract more than 100 runners and riders. We are delighted to have been able to secure some places but they are likely to go quickly as places for this event are in high demand.”

Contact or call 0141 848 0308 to book your place.