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Cyclist set for John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland

By Alan Hendry

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A north-east cyclist is preparing to pedal from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland.

In July 2017, Fraser Beattie cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raised £2500 for the charity. From the 20th of this month, Fraser will embark on the return journey, which he expects to take him 10 days, covering some 1020 miles.

The 39-year-old from Inverurie was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2014, although he had his first seizure in 1996 just after he turned 16.

Fraser used Epilepsy Scotland’s website for information, as he felt quite alone and didn’t know where to turn to.

He said: “It affects me every day. I’ve only ever had three tonic-clonic seizures but it’s everything else that has gone along with it that I battle.

“I have depression and anxiety, which is kept in check most of the time, and doing bike rides like this really helps and focuses my attention elsewhere.”

The charity ride will include a 135-mile-long trek on day one.

Fraser admits he is starting to feel quite apprehensive.

He said: “It dawns on you suddenly just how massive a challenge it is, and you end up wishing it was six months ago and you could train more and harder.

“I remember once I got under way and a few days in the legs, I started to enjoy it a lot more and grow in confidence.

“Seeing parts of Britain, you’d not necessarily visit normally was great and finding yourself in wee situations that test you was also good.

“It was all a very challenging experience and I think I've never really appreciated it.”

Fraser is again aiming to raise £2500 for Epilepsy Scotland.

Robyn Friel, head of fundraising and communications at the charity, said: “We would like to wish Fraser all the very best.

“Fraser has been a great supporter for Epilepsy Scotland over the years and raised a fantastic total when he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats two years ago.

“We hope the weather stays dry over the 10 days and he enjoys cycling across the UK.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/end2endjogle19

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