Charities benefit from cycle marathon

End of the line at John O'Groats
End of the line at John O'Groats

A Deeside ghillie has given a major boost to two local charities from a marathon bike ride.

Robert Harper, 56, from Durris, completed a 1000-mile route from Land’s End to John O’Groats during the summer, cycling 80-100 miles a day.

He has so far raised more than £13,268 for the Archie Foundation and CALICO (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children Orientated).

Robert, who was a ghillie on the River Dee for more than 40 years, told the Piper: “The cycle ride was physically demanding but a great experience, made easier by the company of other like-minded cyclists – most, but not all, younger than me.

“I’ve met some great people and seen some countryside I’ve never seen before – the day going over Shap Fell was an eye opener, as was cycling through some of the cities in England at rush hour.

“I would like to say a very big thank-you to family, friends and colleagues who have helped with fundraising or have been supportive in so many other ways both before, during and after the bike ride.”

Donations can still be made through https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robert-Harper6