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North-east man's NC500 and Ironman challenges raise over £4000 for cancer charity

By Kyle Ritchie

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A Whitehills man has raised more than £4000 for charity by completing a gruelling Ironman triathlon challenge and cycling the North Coast 500.

Cameron Grant, who recently turned 40, completed a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and a 26.2-mile run in the same day.

Earlier in the summer he completed the cycle of the popular north tourist route with his friend Justin Bauwens.

All the proceeds from his fundraiser will go to the World Cancer Research Fund in memory of his mum Fiona and good friend Lynne Mitchell, who both passed away over the last couple of years.

He said: "It was my aim this summer to push myself to new limits to raise awareness of cancer prevention by taking on the challenges.

"I lost my mum and good friend to cancer and the fundraising was in memory of them.

"The first challenge was cycling the North Coast 500 in four days. I was joined on the cycle by my friend Justin Bauwens who also raised money for the total.

"The second challenge saw me swim 2.4 miles in Banff swimming pool, a 112-mile cycle to Kinloss and back and then completed a marathon locally. I started the challenge at 6.30am on the day and completed it just before 7pm.

"I chose to fundraise for the World Cancer Research Fund to raise awareness of cancer prevention.

"In the last four years I have been learning the importance of healthy whole foods, being more active and getting good sleep.

"This included how different foods affect the body, what foods promote a healthy immune system and what damage can be done.

"The World Cancer Research Fund says 40 per cent of cancers in the UK could be prevented by a healthy diet, reducing alcohol, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, it only takes small changes to lifestyle.

"I actually felt really good after the Ironman triathlon, as I knew it was for a good cause and I am grateful to everybody who has supported me during the challenges and who has donated."

That support included members of Deveron Harriers running club joining him while he ran the marathon.

Cameron's Just Giving page is open for donations with the total currently sitting at £4042 and can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cameron-grant4

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