Moray gets a second gold post box in honour of cyclist Craig MacLean

Gold Post Box Grantown
Golden Moment: Second box is painted following Craig MacLean's Paralympic victory.© spiritofspeyside

Moray is celebrating with a second golden post box this week in honour of Grantown-on-Spey cyclist Craig MacLean.

The 41-year-old struck gold as a ‘pilot’ for blind cyclist Anthony Kappes, the pair winning the men’s tandem sprint at the Paralympics in London on Sunday.

It could well have been two gold boxes being painted in the Moray town, as the pair were favourites to lift gold in the earlier men’s kilo event, only to be disqualified after two mechanical faults.

Craig was the winner of a Commonwealth games gold in Melbourne – an achievement that led to a sports centre in the Moray town being named in his honour. However, a serious back injury in 2007 led to his losing a place in the UK Elite cycle team, and ultimately a premature end to his own career.

The 2012 Paralympics is the first time that non-disabled guides have also been awarded medals at a major games.

After the pair defeated fellow UK cyclists Neil Fachie from Aberdeen and pilot Barney Storey in Sunday’s final, Craig said: “It would have been nice to celebrate a double gold but I suppose this does redeem things a bit.”

Lossiemouth is the location of Moray’s first golden post box in honour of Olympic rower Heather Stanning.

The Grantown post box will also be claimed by Highland Region - the town falling under their local authority control while remaining in the Moray UK and Scottish parliamentary constituencies.

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