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Former journalist completes eight-day charity trek

A former local press journalist has successfully completed an epic eight-day voyage across Central America by bike.

Stan Arnaud covered around 420 miles, in temperatures of 41c, across three countries when he joined 50 other fundraisers on their adventure from Panama through Costa Rica before finishing in Granada, Nicaragua.

The 45-year-old, who now works in PR in Inverness, used to write for papers in Aberdeen, Derby, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Glasgow offices of several national titles and was also the Press and Journal’s chief reporter in the Highlands.

Stan, who lost both his parents to cancer, was riding in aid of the Macmillan charity and has so far raised £3,810 – easily surpassing his original target of £3,500.

Stan said: “The hills, heat and humidity we encountered daily were a real challenge and our living conditions while we were on the road were pretty basic.

“It was a fantastic experience, though, shared with a great group of people, and I am proud to have completed it.

“I have to admit one of the very best bits was the welcome I received from my wife, son and daughter on my return to Inverness Airport.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who sponsored and encouraged me in undertaking this challenge.

“Their support kept me going through some of the toughest times on the road and I am delighted that together we have been able to make a significant contribution to this excellent charity.”

  • To sponsor Stan visit his online fundraising page.
  • Stan at the campsite below the Arenal Volcano, in Costa Rica