Coast to coast marathon for Ken starts with 130-mile pedal to Welsh border

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A Kempston man is to cycle from the most westerly point of the Welsh coast to the most easterly part of the Suffolk coast starting on Thursday, July 17.

Ken Parsons, who also ran this year’s London Marathon, is planning to ride the 500 miles from the widest point of Great Britain, St Davids, to Lowestoft.

The plan is to cycle for four days, setting from Kempston to Abergervenny just over the Welsh border, a total of 130 miles, with 120 miles scheduled to be covered on day two, 116 miles on day three and 116 miles on day four.

Ken said: “I am completing the ride to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support to thank them for helping support my brother who was very ill with mouth cancer but is now recovering.

“To date we have raised £2,697, which is made up of donations, a quiz night, a raffle and coffee morning. We are now aiming to get to £3,000.

“I have completed the one day crossing from coast, from Whitehaven to Sunderland three years ago - but when I showed my youngest daughter my achievement on a map she pointed out it was the narrow part of the country - 13 year olds can be hard to impress!

“So the seed was sown in my mind to complete the ride across the widest points one day. That day has now arrived so I have my youngest daughter to thank for this.

“To think that we leave Kempston at 7am and will be in Wales by tea time just using a bike sounds bonkers. I would like to thank everybody who has sponsored me to date, it is humbling to have so much support.”

There will be a support van driven by Ken’s brother-in-law Leo Hatchelt and two other riders will helping out on the route, Phil Croney and Brian Carlin.

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Daily updates on Ken’s progress will be posted on his facebook page