CLOSE to to 30 riders took part in the recent Macmillan Cancer Support endurance event.

The sponsored ride over 15 miles involved the equivalent of climbing half-way up Ben Nevis.

But all 27 who took part declared it as a scenic triumph.

Based at Boreland Farm, courtesy of Dougie and Elizabeth Gray, the ride, now in its third year, attracted riders from various parts of the Borders and Lothians.

Blessed with a dry day and good visibility, the route featured some steep climbs and more gentle descents, with the vibrant purple heather forming a scenic backdrop.

While some horses (and riders) were fitter than others, everyone completed the route within three hours, mostly at walking pace to suit the challenging terrain.

Together with the ever-popular tombola and a raffle, the ride has raised to date more than £1300, with more expected from sponsorship.

The Peeblesshire Group of Macmillan is very grateful not only to the intrepid riders and helpers but also to David Reid at Portmore and Campbell Napier of Burnside Farm for allowing access to these beautiful hills.