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A year of Challenges for KEMP

George Murcott and Chris Wills are supporting KEMP with a series of fantastic challenges during 2017 to say thank you for the support their family received after their niece Arabella passed away at just 18 months old.

Both Chris and George are keen cyclists so have chosen a number of cycling events as well a run and a Triathlon! Here is a list of the challenges they will undertake this year:

March 2017 – Ride The Reservoir Ride the Reservoir

A 75km cycle to kick everything off!

’19th March saw the BRATs actually on tour together in one of our official events, Ride The Reservoir. Some testing climbs at the start, nothing too severe in terms of gradients but they just last for a long distance before finally flattening out. Coupled up with a blowy day making for crosswinds and headwinds the whole way round, the enjoyment of the route was diminished somewhat! Still 50 miles done in under 4 hours and no real tiredness or soreness after, which bodes well for our longer touring rides.’


April 2017 – Halesowen Spring Triathlon 

A 400m pool swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run! kemp1

‘Just survived the Halesowen Sprint Triathlon, with help/guidance/abuse from Chris! Lovely day out in the glorious sunshine and a really well run event. 400 meter pool swim (11 mins), 25km bike ride (just over an hour)(with some nice hills and fast sweeping descents) and a 5km run (28 mins). The run turned out to be the hardest part for me, despite having run marathons, as I struggle running after cycling. It didn’t help either that I have become an old man as I pulled something in my back literally just before the race start! A good day though!’

April 2017 – Easter Epic Sportif Birmingham 10k

84km cycle with lots of hills, around Lower Broadheath, Malvern, Bromyard, Bewdley and Stourport.

April 2017 – Great Birmingham 10k Run 

‘Great Birmingham 10km done and dusted, surprisingly hot day by the end of it. No PBs for either of us, but based on recent form I was happy enough with my 52:26 getting me the coveted 1638th position! Well, I did beat 5000 people.’

May 2017 – St Giles Hospice Cycle 

100km from Chasewater Country Park, Burntwood, covering Cannock Chase, Penkridge, Bradley, Derrington, Apeton, Lapley and Hednesford.

St Giles Cycle‘No we didn’t quite make it to the coast, this bit of Chasewater Country Park does look like a beach though. This was our start and finish point for the St Giles 100km sportive that we did today, lovely weather throughout though it wasn’t as warm as this start line pic suggests! It was glorious when we got back though, I was tempted to have a dip. First time they’ve run this event and would be tempted to do it again, if all of LEJOG is like today I am going to thoroughly enjoy that fortnight! Reality check: LEJOG is MUCH hillier :-(‘

May 2017 – Coast to Coast Cycle – Whitehaven to Tynemouth 

Saturday: cycle through the Lake District. Whitehaven to Penrith, 86km of riding, 1509 metres of ascent, 1385 metres of descent.

Sunday: cross the Pennines (without thumbing a lift!). Penrith to Allenheads with some fairly serious hills, 54km distance, 1428 metres of ascent, 1173 of descent.

Monday: Ride to Tynemouth. Allenheads to Tynemouth, hills again! 85km distance, 1093 metres of ascent, 1476 metres of descent. Probably followed a few drinks in Newcastle! Coast 2 Coast

‘Sun, rain showers, thunder, lightening, torrential downpours and floods, heat and cold. 86km and 5 hours something. And it was rather fun. Quite a few cheeky hills on the way. Now Chris Wills and i need to refuel ready for tomorrow. Coast 2 Coast day 2 – No monsoon today, just a nice cool breeze to cool us down. Hard climbs and some amazing fast descents, and a day featuring more cyclists and motorcyclists than cars, a nice change. 140 or so miles from West to East and close to 3 miles vertical distance as we crossed the Pennines. ‘

Chris takes on the amazing Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge – July 2017

An incredible 1000 miles in 14 days! Chris’ challenge will need sheer determination and a huge amount of encouragement to get back in the saddle each day as he’ll cycle an average of 72 miles per day.

Lands End plymouth Scotland! John O'Groats

Update from Day 2 ‘Today was billed as the hardest day and they weren’t kidding! Dartmoor is very hilly, well over a mile ascent and over 60 horizontally. I was practically asleep on the bike by the end of 6 or so hours in the saddle!’

One week in – Injury free so far, saddle sores and insect bites don’t quite count as injuries but they aren’t helping. At lunch today we crossed the Scottish border into Gretna. First rainy day so I nearly took their hand off when soup was offered, turns out that turnip soup is absolutely delicious! Just finished up for the day in Moffat and will pass through Edinburgh tomorrow. Some 80+ mile days coming up which are billed as hard. Hope my legs are up to it!’

He made it! On Saturday 15th July, after 14 days of cycling Chris made it to John O’Groats and celebrated in style with a glass of champers!

A huge WELL DONE and THANK YOU from everyone here at KEMP! What an achievement!

September 2017 – Velo Birmingham 

As a final flourish, the rather worryingly long Velo Birmingham, 100 mile bike ride. 15,000 riders on the closed roads of Birmingham, worth the entry fee just to avoid Birmingham drivers!

To support George and Chris on their epic journey please take a visit to their Just Giving Page.


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