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Cycling siblings take up challenge for dad

Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Claire Howe and Gavin Keenan who are cycling to Gretna Green in honour of their dad who has cancer

Old Buckenham, Norfolk. Claire Howe and Gavin Keenan who are cycling to Gretna Green in honour of their dad who has cancer

An Old Buckenham mother-of-three plans to undertake a gruelling cycling challenge with her brother to raise funds for a cancer charity.

Claire Howe and Gavin Keenan were inspired by their father’s fight against cancer to undertake the marathon cycle ride from Norfolk to Gretna Green in Scotland in April - even though neither of them owned a bike or cycled as a hobby.

Mrs Howe, 29, of St Andrew’s Close, said her father, Leslie Keenan of Bracon Ash, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2010. He had treatment and a kidney removed.

“We were shocked when the cancer came back and this time was in his lungs,” she said. “We are so proud of how he has coped with it and wanted to do something for him.”

The cycling siblings decided they would cycle to Gretna Green where the family had many happy holidays. They are training hard for the trip of 318 miles which is expected to take four days. “Neither of us has really cycled before. I didn’t even have a bike until my personal trainer gave me his,” Mrs Howe said. “My brother, who lives in Attleborough, didn’t have a bike either and has now borrowed one from our brother-in-law. We still need to find inner tubes and tyres, so if anyone can help us we would be very grateful.”

To sponsor the pair, who are raising funds for Cancer Research UK, see www.justgiving/clairehowe01009.

 

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