Steve Hislop Memorial Run set to take place this month

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The 17th Steve Hislop Memorial Run is set to take place on Sunday, August 25, raising money for the veterans charity, FirstLight Trust.

Hundreds of bikers are expected to ride the 150 mile loop beginning and ending in Denholm, Scotland, which pays tribute to Hawick-born multiple TT winner and 2002 BSB champion Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop, who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in 2003.

"We’re very grateful to be chosen, especially as we’ve only been here a year," FirstLight Trust’s Hawick hub co-ordinator Caroline Brown said. "Hawick is the charity’s first Scottish hub, joining five others across the UK. The public and veterans alike are welcome to pop into our relaxing High Street coffee bar.

"All donations go towards helping former members of the armed forces and emergency services get back on track. This could be anything from dealing with red tape to just having someone to chat to. We never turn anyone away, we're there for the long haul and there is no time limit on our support."

The event was started by Alan Duffus Motorcycles in 2003, with support since added by Thos. B. Oliver garages, where Hislop served as an apprentice and worked for eight years. The ride has since attracted fellow racers including John McGuinness to help raise funds.

This year's ride also marks 30 years since Hislop became the first-ever rider to lap the legendary Isle of Man TT course at over 120mph.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade