Friday, 17 June 2011

Pedal for Parkinson’s rider stories - Stratford Upon Avon

This Sunday (19 June) will see up to 100 people of all ages and abilities join forces to take part in a charity cycling event - either a 20-mile route or a longer 60-mile challenge to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK – the support and research charity.

There are a number of participants taking part in the ride in Stratford-upon-Avon who have an interesting story to tell, be it a fundraising story, an inspiring personal challenge or a story that will tug at the heart strings. Below is a summary of some of this year’s participants. If you are interested in running a story on Pedal for Parkinson’s, or covering the event on the day, please contact Chloe Chaplin by emailing  or calling 0115 925 8777 / 07967 341 343 for further information.

Chris Gullick. Age: 44. Lives: Banbury.

Chris' father was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1994 and he died in 2005. Chris said: "As it is Father's Day on Sunday I thought I would ride in memory of my Dad and raise funds for a very deserving cause. I love cycling and Stratford is a lovely place to cycle." Chris works as a Training and Competence Adviser for a finance company.

Jill Barrow, Age: 58. Lives: Telford, Shropshire.

Jill is taking part in Pedal for Parkinson’s in Stratford. She is a member of the Telford branch of Parkinson’s UK. Jill used to be a deputy head at a local school but is now semi-retired, working part-time as a consultant for the same school.

Jill has Parkinson's and is taking on the challenge of finishing the 20-mile cycle. Her daughter is also registered for the Bristol Half Marathon. They are combining their efforts in fundraising. Last year they managed to raise a total of £15,000, and are attempting to raise even more this year.

Jill is in training and has managed to cycle 12 miles so far (at 10mph) – her next challenge is to get to 20 miles in one go. The Bicycle Hub in Ironbridge have been very good at adjusting her bike to fit her so she doesn’t get any pain. Her Just Giving page link is

Sarah Ward. Age: 51. Lives: Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Sarah is taking part in Pedal for Parkinson’s in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Sarah was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007. She says she is taking part because “It’s local and it’s something I can do to challenge myself.”

Sarah works as a nurse at a local girls’ school. She has been training for the ride by cycling 10 miles twice a week. She will be cycling alongside her son. She hasn’t taken part in a sponsored cycle ride before. Sarah and her husband will be holding a Party for Parkinson’s in September.

Sarah’s fundraising web page:

Thomas Kane. Age: 26. Lives: Kenilworth.

Thomas has no specific connections to Parkinson’s but he will be riding alongside his girlfriend Sally Hall (27). She has recently taken up cycling. Thomas said: “I thought it would great to be able to raise money for a good cause like Parkinson’s UK while getting fit by cycling. The 20-mile distance is ideal for the both of us.” Thomas works for a support service for the over 50s in the social services department at a local council

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