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A Banchory policeman who recently motorcycled around the United Kingdom for charity, for the second time, has set his sites on a new challenge.

Mark Robinson (49) will attempt his ‘Tons Of Miles 2013’ event in Ballater on Friday, September 27, to raise funds for Commando 999, (C999) a charity for Royal Marine Commandos.

A front line response cop with Police Scotland and based in Banchory, Mark completed the ‘Going The Extra Mile 2012’ solo motorcycle event for C999 in April last year, raising £2960.

He said: “I rode in the worst weather conditions seen in the UK for decades to all 51 UK mainland police force headquarters as well as stopping at HMS Drake, The Graspan Memorial, Spean Bridge Memorial and 10 Downing Street.”

Philanthropic through and through, the Deeside PC was not content to put the brakes on his fundraising efforts .

He added: “My plan was hatched to attempt something gym-based and, after a few ideas, I settled on ‘Tons Of Miles 2013.’

‘‘My challenge is to cycle for 15 minutes and then (using different weight exercises) to lift as much weight as possible. Alternating these two lots of exercises will be done over six hours without a rest. I’m looking to ride at least one marathon distance and lift over 50 tons.”

The fitness centre at the Hilton Craigendarroch provided free gym membership to help with Mark’s training and, on the day, friend (and former Royal Marine) Paul Basford will ‘encourage’ him and keep a tally on his distance and weights score.

Mark is confident but respectful of the challenge and looking forward tocutting loose after nearly a year of training for the collosal challenge.

He explained: “After the event? A cold beer and a steak followed by a sleep before a drive to Edinburgh the next morning as my wife is doing a sponsored shark dive to raise funds for Deeside Cats Protection.” (As seen in the Deeside Piper August 2 page 4).

Donations for Mark’s event can be made via justgiving/mark-robinson37.