Monday, 23 October 2017

Brothers take on walk in memory of dad

TWO brothers will be among the thousands of people taking part in the Thames Path Challenge this weekend.

TWO brothers will be among the thousands of people taking part in the Thames Path Challenge this weekend.

Matt and Simon Bradley hope to complete the 100km endurance walk in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of their father Ken, who died from the disease exactly five years ago, aged 59.

They will walk from Putney Bridge to Henley, where their mother Kim lives, starting at about 7am tomorrow (Saturday).

Matt, 43, who grew up in Henley but now lives in Caversham, said they hoped to finish the challenge in about 20 hours.

He said: “We have been out marching up and down the riverside for the last couple of months preparing. It’s ridiculously hard, much harder than we thought.

“We want to raise funds and awareness for the charity. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is a silent killer. Once you have got the symptoms, it’s too late.

“It’s one of those things which people need to know more about — Dad was just an ordinary guy looking forward to retirement.

“When we heard about the Thames Challenge we knew that it was the opportunity that we had been looking for as September 10 will be the fifth anniversary of dad’s passing and also his gorgeous granddaughter Sophie’s first birthday.

“We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to honour his memory as well as raising money and awareness of this hidden cancer.

“We want to ask people to support us with sponsorship, even if it’s just a couple of quid — it all goes in. If any local companies want to be involved that would be brilliant.”

The event also offers 75km, 50km and 25km distances. Some walkers split the distances over two days while some try to finish inside 24 hours.

Along the route, which goes past Hampton Court Palace and through Runnymede, there are rest stops, snacks and drinks.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamBradley123



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