An Inverurie man is preparing to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Epilepsy Scotland next summer.
Fraser Beattie is taking on the challenge for the charity after being diagnosed with epilepsy back in March 2014 following a grand mal seizure.
Fraser is already an avid cyclist so has decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in July completely unassised.
Speaking to the Herald, Fraser said: “I decided to undertake this end2end challenge because I have always enjoyed helping others and doing things for charity.
“Epilepsy has effected my life quite a lot and if I can raise awareness and help those who suffer this condition worse than I then that shall help me when the going gets tough.”
Fraser has been doing a lot of training to prepare himself for the big cycle including taking up cyclocross.
Fraser added: “I am turbo training, wearing an Elevation training mask to improve my cardio and also I have changed my diet quite considerably and have lost over half a stone in the last month.”
Speaking about the cycle itself , Fraser said: “I am excited about the challenge, I know it will be tough and there will be times when I want to give up.
“When the rain and wind are battering me, when I’m 70 miles into a 110 mile day and 7 days in and have not spoken to anyone for hours and hours, that’s when it will be tough.
“I know it will be a life changing event and when I cycle in to John O’Groats I’ll fill up with pride and happiness and an overwhelming sense of achievement.
“I have already received massive support from everyone. A few folk from the Team Ecosse Northboats Cycling Club Inverurie have said they will ride out and meet me along the route and cycle some miles with me and my brother and his wife have said they want to do the same.
“I have also contacted a couple of cycling clubs down south to see if they wanted to come along for some miles and Newquay Velo and Abergavenny CC have both said they’d like to show support when I pass through their towns.”
To give a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/end2end4epilepsy.