Kelso cyclist takes on 130-mile Parkinson’s charity

a KELSO cyclist plans to cover 130 miles in a day to raise funds for the Parkinson’s UK charity.

Christopher Blunt, 44, will undertake the pedal challenge tomorrow for his dad, Simon, 78, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s – a progressive neurological condition – nine years ago.

Christopher said: “I wanted to take on a real challenge for Parkinson’s UK, to help people like my father. I find it really sad that the condition is not widely understood or spoken about. What’s worse is that Parkinson’s has no known cure.

“When the opportunity came to join 700 riders cycling from Hamilton to Fort William, I jumped at the chance. The ride is a part of a week-long event from Lands End to John O’Groats and I will be covering 130 miles of the route and climbing more than 2,000 metres, in one day.”

Cycling is a new sport for Christopher. Until very recently, he had not cycled more than a few miles.

He continued: “I am delighted to have raised over £8,000 so far. I also know that I have 140 supporters willing me on my way. That will definitely make me want to push to the finish.

“If my ride can achieve anything, I hope that it will make more people aware of Parkinson’s and maybe join the fight for a cure.

“I have come across over 15 other people with Parkinson’s since I started, but still it is not a widely know condition. I am very proud to be riding for Parkinsons UK.”

Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Cycling over 200km in one day is a huge undertaking, and when you factor in long, uphill stretches, the gravity of Christopher’s challenge becomes clear.

“As well as helping to raise vital funds, Christopher will also be helping to raise awareness of Parkinson’s. We wish Christopher the very best of luck for this epic ride.”

All funds raised will be spent on the charity’s vital research work to find a cure, and improving the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are living with Parkinson’s.

To sponsor Christopher, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristopherBlunt