Couple prepare for tough charity cycle

Bill and Kathy Walsh who are doing a bike ride for charity 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
Bill and Kathy Walsh who are doing a bike ride for charity 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
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A Melton couple are training for a 171-mile cycle ride as part of a charity effort fronted by TV presenter Fern Britton.

Bill and Kathy Walsh hope to raise £1,500 by pedalling from John O’Groats, on the north-east tip of Scotland, to Loch Ness, over three days in May.

Their efforts will be part of the Fern Britton Challenge 57, with the TV star cycling with other fundraisers the length of Britain to Land’s End - she hopes to raise £57,000 herself to mark her 57th birthday.

The money they all raise will go to the Genesis Research Trust, a collection of scientists and clinicians who research the causes and cures for conditions affecting the health of women and babies.

Kathy said: “I have done two cycles for the charity already - one in 2012 which was 300 miles across central America and the other last year across Tanzania and Zanziba.

“Initially it was to challenge myself but now it is all about raising money for the charity.

“I have a few friends who have suffered still births and late miscarriages and we all know someone who has suffered from cancer.

“It’s a very good cause and some of the research benefits everyone, not just women and babies.”

The couple, who live in Gartree Drive, are planning lots of training rides in the run-up to the charity cycle, which they will do from May 1 to 3.

Kathy (38) said: “We are lucky we have lots of hills to train on around Melton.

“We haven’t been able to get out much this winter because the weather has been so cold but we’ve been working on our stamina in the gym.”

Kathy added: “This is the first cycle I’ve done for the charity with Bill - we got married in Scotland 10 years ago so it is a nice anniversary event.”

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