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Matt Waite.
Matt Waite.

A former Kirkby Malzeard man has tackled a marathon cycle from the Scottish Highland’s to his birth town in memory of his father.

Matthew Waite, 46, cycled the gruelling 620 mile cycle ride from Drumnadrochit, in the Scottish Highlands, to Kirkby Malzeard over nine days.

The ride is in memory of his father Donald, who died last year.

Mr Waite senior, who spent 70 years of his life in Kirkby Malzeard died last year.

He spent the last six years of his life close to his family in Drumnadrochit.

And died aged 76, following a long battle with diabetes.

His fight inspired Matthew to take on his charity challenge, teaming up with friend and fellow cycling enthusiast Phil Sandall.

The father-of- two spent months training for the challenge which saw him cover up to 85 miles a day.

The ride will raise funds for four charities and Matthew was originally aiming to raise £2000 .

But he has already surpassed his goal currently having £2,500 for the charities which helped to look after his father.

The money will be split between Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans),Diabetes UK, Kidney Research UK and the RNIB.

Before he set out Matthew explained why the trip was so important to him.

“After seeing my father bravely battle with diabetes and in later years kidney failure, amputations and blindness, I felt compelled to do something to help other sufferers.

“I am sure that the money we raise will help four amazing charities to continue making a positive difference to people’s lives.

“We’ve set ourselves a tough challenge, but I enjoyed my training and pushing myself to the limit to raise funds for their vital work. ”

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