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.”

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