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NC500 cycle record challenger left Highland capital at midnight and is now racing through north west Sutherland

By Caroline McMorran

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A cyclist who is today attempting to break the record for the fastest time on a bike round tourism route NC500, has now reached Sutherland.

Robbie Mitchell (40), a Durness native now living in Duns, set out at midnight from Inverness and supporters reported just minutes ago that he has passed through Elphin and Ledmore and has reached Stoer.

Robbie Mitchell passing Stoer Hall. Picture: Mark Mackenzie
Robbie Mitchell passing Stoer Hall. Picture: Mark Mackenzie

Mr Mitchell is using the challenge to raise funds for the Edinburgh Sutherland Association which supports good causes across the county. Donations can be made here and have so far reached £1313.

Edinburgh Sutherland Association patron David Morrison, who also hails from Durness, has been so inspired by Mr Mitchell that he last night pledged to match the £2 per mile target figure and donated £1,032 to the charity.

A veteran cyclist, Mr Mitchell is undertaking the challenge under the supervision of the World Ultra Cycling Association and is being followed by an official vehicle.

He is attempting to beat the current record of 31 hours, 19 minutes and eight seconds set by Josh Quigley.

Follow his progress by live tracker here.

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