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Meaty challenge ends today

people taking many unusual charity challenges have arrived at John o' Groats from Land's End over the years.

But Nigel Thomas is expected to arrive at most north-easterly mainland point tonight after a particularly odd and arduous journey.

All being well, former butcher and ex-Marine and special forces veteran Mr Thomas will pedal into John o' Groat's on his 1940s single-gear butcher's bike, having completed the 1,027-miles trek.

Mr Thomas, from Llangain in Wales, who is a friend of adventurer Bear Grylls, is aiming to raise £1 million for charities that support forces personnel: Team Army, Hire a Hero, Walk on Wales and the Ray Gravell Trust.

He is carrying his tent and provisions in a basket on the front of the former Co-operative Society bike and has camped overnight in fields and lay-bys.

Mr Thomas, who will visit Brora and Wick on the final leg, said: "I'm doing this for all the boys and girls in the Forces who need our help now. We owe them!"

Grylls said his friend loves a tough challenge, adding that he would keep the smile on his face.

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