1,000-mile cycle trip recounted

Rest break: Cyclist Kip Fraser is pictured taking in the view on his way between Land's End and John O'Groats.'Contributed photograph
Rest break: Cyclist Kip Fraser is pictured taking in the view on his way between Land's End and John O'Groats.'Contributed photograph

THE EXPERIENCES of Montrose distance cyclist Kip Fraser will be the subject of the next in the series of winter talks given at the Montrose Society.

In a departure from the usual themes relating to history and heritage, Mr Fraser, a member of the society’s committee will describe his amazing 1,000-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

A well known figure in the burgh and a veteran cyclist, Mr Fraser made the epic journey over 18 days in July last year, battling through the worst summer weather in recent times to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and just a few months after he suffered broken bones and received 13 stitches after a skiing accident in the Dolomites.

Mr Fraser said: “It was tough. Only three days in to the trip we were on Dartmoor going up one of steepest climbs I have ever come across in the most atrocious conditions. I never thought I’d be able to make it”.

He carried on, however, without an accident or puncture up the length of Britain. As a result of his efforts Mr Fraser eventually raised £2,300 for the charity, in memory of his late wife, Hilda.

He added: “When the going got really tough this was the purpose that kept me going.”

The talk, which will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the George Hotel’s Legends Suite, is open to all comers, with a £2 entrance fee for visitors.