Tour de Tay - Gemma's Story
Having recently moved to Dundee I was keen to get involved in the Abertay swing of things so I gladly signed up to volunteer for the first ever Tour de Tay. I even prodded a couple of people in the Students' Association to sign up too. We had a few meetings prior to the day to discuss the route, our roles as volunteers and the usual health and safety malarkey. You could tell we’d collected a good set of volunteers as everyone was keen to pitch in and do their bit.
The Alumni and Development team had also clearly been working hard to make sure the event would run smoothly and be enjoyable for everyone.
Despite Dundee being the sunniest city in Scotland (I’m sure I read that one in the undergraduate prospectus somewhere) we were warned to wrap up cosy and bring our waterproofs. Luckily, we were greeted with clear skies and a dry forecast for the day bringing smiles to the volunteers and the cyclists. When we arrived at the starting line, welcomed by the great views of Dundee from across the Tay, there was definitely a feeling of excitement in the air. I was pleased to see what a mix of people from the University both staff and students and some of their family members had signed up to take on the Abertay Tour. After a few photoshoots and last minute sign-ups, everyone was off.
Meanwhile I made my way towards Craigend, one of the last markers before the 25-mile checkpoint and making sure everyone had made it safely. Each cyclist that passed me was in good spirits and some even stopped for a quick chat to catch their breath before daring the uphill climb. I was even brought a cup of tea by one of the residents there who had been watching the cyclists for most of the morning with her grandson. She commented how great it was for Abertay to be doing something so unique and hoped it would continue. If you’re the lucky volunteer to end up at Craigend for this year give Gill a wave for me!
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable day, and I got to meet a lot of new people from the University and the local community. I got to be part of making the event a success. I am heading to the online store to sign myself up again for this year!
Gemma Riddell is the Advice & Welfare Co-ordinator at Abertay University Students' Association - pictured third from left with her fellow volunteers.
Tour de Tay depends on the help of volunteers to run a succesful and safe event. If you would like to join our team we have a variety of roles on offer and would love to have you on board. From helping with the registration desk or staffing a refreshment stop to volunteering as a marshal, there’s something for everyone and you can be sure of a great day out.
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