Former King Edward School student Kieron Ainge cycled 170 miles in two days to fundraise for Leukaemia Research in memory of a schoolfriend who died of the disease recently.
Sales manager for a global IT software company Kieron, who was brought up in Lytham and lives in Sale, Cheshire, completed the coast-to-coast Morecambe to Bridlington challenge and is on the way to meeting his £1,000 target.
His friend Lee Davis Conchie, 45, was well known in the Fylde area as a Tai Chi instructor.
The elder son of Express Women page writer Marion Ainge and former Gazette executive editor Tom Ainge, Kieron and wife, Penny, have a 17 month-old son, Henry. “To prepare for the challenge, I was on my training bike in the shed at 6.30am each day. I didn’t have a piece of chocolate or a dessert for three weeks!” he laughed. “I set off in pouring rain with two friends but one found it too hard-going and had to give up after just a few hours.
“We climbed four and a half thousand feet through Settle, Grassington and the Forest of Bowland on day one and treated ourselves to a beer in the B&B where we stayed overnight.
“My friend Lee showed amazing courage and strength throughout his illness. I’m raising awareness for Leukaemia Research and the Anthony Nolan Trust, who gave him valuable support.
“I’d like to reach £1,000 in memory of Lee for these two charities and would appreciate any contributions, however small. Next year I want to do the 170 miles in one day.” Please log on to www.justgiving.com/Kieron-Ainge to make a donation