The Bob Souter Trophy

From the Aberdeen Evening Express, Saturday July 11, 1998

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Bob Souter Trophy

Staff and friends of Goldies accept the new Bob Souter Trophy from Katie Barnett (third from right), owner of Goldies. Picture by Jim Irvine

The memory of a cycling-daft Aberdeen pensioner is to be kept alive with a new trophy. Bob Souter, who died last October aged 82, had been a keen cyclist whose lifetime ambition was to go to the Tour de France - the world's premier road race.

When regulars at his Aberdeen local Fiddlers Lounge - now Goldies - heard of his wish they clubbed together to pay for a trip but, sadly, Bob died before his dream could become a reality. Now the money has been used to set up the Bob Souter Memorial Trophy which, with medals, has funding for the next 10 years. The trophy was the idea of Goldies' owner Dave McDonald who got together with Aberdeen and district cycling clubs. Ythan Cycle Club has agreed this year's trophy will be given for its annual 10-mile handicap race from Balmedie to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre roundabout at Bridge of Don.

"It seemed like an appropriate way in which to remember Bob," said Mr McDonald, who is also vice-chairman of Aberdeen Sports Council. "I think the fact that it caters for different abilities reflects his attitude to sport and the sporting ideal."

Mr Souter, a retired ironmoulder, was a keen competitive cyclist in his youth. In recent years he became such a regular sight at the old Fiddlers Lounge that staff provided a plaque above his usual seat. The event will be open to cycling club members or individuals. But although people from anywhere can compete the trophy will only go to someone from the North-East. Tomorrow has been specially chosen to coincide with the opening stage of this year's Tour.






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