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Remembering my sister with a 50 day cycle ride

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Kenny with his bike

Loyal MS Trust supporter Kenny Smith is going to be back in the saddle next year as he cycles around the UK for 50 consecutive days to celebrate what would have been his sister Kathleen’s 50th birthday.

Read about Kenny's incredible challenge below and find out how you can get involved.

The Kathleen Painter 50/50 Challenge 2019

Kenny will be cycling for 50 days around mainland Britain, starting in the centre of Chichester on 12 June 2019 and finishing on Kathleen’s 50th Birthday on 31 July, back in Chichester. Not content with just cycling 2,655 miles, he is also planning to trek up the highest peaks in Wales, Scotland and England on his way.

“My sister Kathleen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis way back in 1990, aged just 21," says Kenny. "She coped well for many years living with MS and never let it get her down; she was always smiling and never complained. Sadly in 2014, Kathleen lost her battle and everyone that knew her was totally heartbroken.

"Over the years I have continuously fundraised for the MS Trust by organising my own fundraising events, in particular the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood, running marathons, trekking all over the world including reaching Everest Base camp last year, and more recently cycling to Amsterdam all to raise funds in Kathleen’s memory and to support the 100,000 people living with MS today”

The route

From Chichester, Kenny will head along the south coast to Lands End, then up through Wales, climbing Snowdon on the way, and on towards Scotland. He'll visit Lake Windermere, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and John O'Groats, then it’s back into England through Sunderland, Newcastle and York. Kenny is particularly looking forward to arriving into Letchworth Garden City, the home of the MS Trust, where staff members are going to ride with him. As he arrives back in Chichester he'll make a special journey through the Village of Boxgrove to visit Kathleen’s grave. Kenny's route day by day

Kenny says, “Without doubt this will be the biggest challenge I have ever undertaken, physically, emotionally and mentally. I will be riding solo, unsupported and carrying everything I need for the 50 days. The roads will be tough and unpredictable (and the weather!) and there will be many very steep hills to take, but that adds to the excitement of the challenge!”

Would you like to get involved?

A challenge like this needs lots of planning and support and there are lots of way you can help including offering Kenny somewhere to stay for a night, organising a fundraising cheering/welcome point, or riding with Kenny for part of the journey.

 

If you or your company would like to get involved with The Kathleen Painter 50/50 Challenge 2019 in aid of the MS Trust, please do get in contact by emailing kelly.boston@mstrust.org.uk or calling 01462 476707

Thank you to the following companies for supporting Kenny with this challenge:

Brightside logo K.D. Smith Carpentry & Joinery logoFat Creations logo Nuffield Health logo Power Bar logo Pulsin logo Spirit FM logo Surrey Cycle Racing League logo

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