EX-SERVICEMAN Peter Anders said riding around the Loch Ness in aid of Macmillan Cancer was an ‘unforgettable’ experience.

The 36-year-old, of Grist Court, Bradford on Avon, took on the 66-mile Etape Loch Ness on Sunday, which involves nearly five miles of climbing and very steep uphill slopes.

Despite the daunting challenge, Mr Anders was fuelled by the fact that he had raised nearly £1,000 for the charity and that he wanted to make his 43-year-old aunt, Myra Hayes, who has terminal cancer, proud.

“It was an unforgettable experience. I woke up sore all over but I am so proud to have done it, not just for me but for Myra and all those who supported me,” he said.

“It is a beautiful ride and it had some brutal climbs but it was an amazing day.

“My manager at Tesco, where I work as security, said I can continue to do static cycle rides outside the store (Eastbourne Road) until I get to my £1,500 target. I can’t wait to do it next year.”

Mr Anders rode it with his friend Chris Wishheart-Turner and at the finish line he was greeted by his partner Helen Rhodes and her daughter Freya.

He completed the event in four hours and 47 minutes.

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