One Wedding (Anniversary) and a Sportive

The Perthshire town of Pitlochry was abuzz this weekend as the throng of over 3000 cyclists participating in the annual Etape Caledonia cycling event were joined by Hollywood A-Lister and Four Weddings and a Funeral star, John Hannah.

The Scottish actor, who appears to be holidaying in the area, took time over the weekend to take in the local sights on a training ride. On the Saturday he did a walk about town to the delight of local businesses and fellow participants, taking time to stop in at the local store “DrinkMonger” to buy a bottle of gin for post event celebrations.

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Tweeting from his tour about the region, Hannah commented on the turn in the Scottish weather, lamenting “It wasn’t like this yesterday. Unfortunately it will be miserable again tomorrow! Ah Scotland.”

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Setting off in one of the “elite” waves at 6.40am, Hannah took a few seconds out for organisers to say it was his “first time in Pitlochry, it’s beautiful” and that “we could do with it being like Friday, a bit of sunshine” but felt that sure that he’d have “a lot of fun”.

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The film Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrated it’s 25th anniversary earlier this week.

Also celebrating an important anniversary and taking part alongside the Four Weddings and a Funeral star were Jo and Rick Millin who famously tied the knot on the start line of Etape Caledonia in 2011. The couple returned to the event in 2019 to celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary. Their vows were witnessed on the start line in 2011 by pro cyclist Graeme Obree and now Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Craig Dews, CEO at Limelight Sports, said:

“This year has been another amazing year for Etape Caledonia, the UK’s original closed road cycling event. We hope all of the participants today had a great experience being part of this challenging and exciting sportive. It’s been fantastic to be able to bring Etape Caledonia to Highland Perthshire once again. After thirteen years the event is still hugely popular with cyclists of all levels of ability and from all around the UK and we were delighted to see John Hannah amongst the riders. We also wish Jo and Rick a happy anniversary, what an amazing way to celebrate!”

For those looking to participate next year, register your interest online at www.etapecaledonia.co.uk