Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty. Their ten-year vision is to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches. The widespread support within Dumfries Baptist Church for Tearfund's work has continued for more than 20 years.

The Drumlanrig Tearfund Cycle Challenge

Members of DBC play a key role in the running of the annual Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge. Held on the Saturday before the early May bank holiday (so May 5th in 2018) around 300 cyclists, from various parts of the UK, take on one of the challenging cycle routes (27, 56 or 86 miles) before returning to Drumlanrig to feast on the generous supplies of cakes and sandwiches.

Lynne Paterson, the Tearfund Scotland Director was at Drumlanrig to meet everyone involved and says, ’Over the years, the Drumlanrig Challenge has been Tearfund's biggest volunteer-led initiative in Scotland.  We are so grateful to all the volunteers who help make it such a success year after year.  Thanks to their hard work and dedication we have been able to provide vital aid and support to thousands of people in some of the poorest communities across the world.’ 

John Glen, Chief Executive of Buccleuch Estates cut the celebratory cake after completing the morning’s ride. John said, ‘Buccleuch Estates is delighted to support the sportive. It’s great to have events that bring people to this area. Tearfund does fantastic work so we are proud to help.’

During the last twelve years the event has raised around £130 000 for the work of Tearfund. The cyclists have eaten around 2,000 bananas and three tons of cake – meet some of the riders, the volunteers and see some of the route (and the cakes!) below.

To get involved, as cyclist, a volunteer or a baker contact Dave Moss davewmoss@btinternet.com