Draw sets Ken on marathon journey

Ken Parsons with   Mayor Dave Hodgson.
Ken Parsons with Mayor Dave Hodgson.

A £500 prize draw has kicked off a 500-mile fundraising effort for a cancer charity.

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson drew the winning ticket at the launch of the Proclaimers Challenge, in which Ken Parsons will run and cycle 500 miles for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bedford sports masseur Ken raised £500 towards a target of £2,000 - selling tickets for the draw.

He said: “The winning ticket was bought by a client, Lisa Kyle, who was very pleased.

“The next stage is to run the 26.2-mile London Marathon, on April 13.”

Back in training after a six-week knee injury, Ken hopes to complete the marathon in four-and-a-half hours, after which he will prepare to ride across the widest part of Great Britain in four days over the last week of May.

He said: “The Side-to-Side cycle route is about 474 miles from St David’s, in Wales, to Lowestoft, in Suffolk, via Hereford and Kempston. Then it’s back to Kempston and a well-earned beer.”

Ken named his event The Proclaimers Challenge after the bespectacled Scottish duo’s hit I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) became a favourite at family parties. He added: “The 500 miles song is a bit of a theme tune but hopefully I won’t be walking any of them.”

To sponsor Ken go to www.justgiving.com/ken-parsons or www.sportsmassagebed