Kevin ready for marathon 900-mile trip

Kevin Booth from Townville, will do a Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride to raise cash for Prince of Wales Hospice in May.
Kevin Booth from Townville, will do a Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride to raise cash for Prince of Wales Hospice in May.

Grandad Kevin Booth will take part in a gruelling bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise cash for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Mr Booth, of Kendal Gardens, Townville, will take part in the 900-mile trip in May.

He hopes to raise at least £500 for the Pontefract hospice.

Mr Booth, 60, said: “I think everyone around the Five Towns knows someone who has needed the hospice and you never hear a bad word said about it.

“It is a fantastic place which offers the very best care and I just want to do what I can to help.”

Mr Booth, who has two grandchildren, has already completed the journey 23 years ago.

He has also ran the London Marathon to raise cash for the hospice.

Mr Booth added: “I worked at Ferrybridge Power Station and as part of my job we used to tidy up the hospice gardens so I know what a great job it does.

“A lot of their work relies on fundraising so I just want to raise as much as I possibly can.”

Mr Booth has been training for the ride since Christmas and hopes to complete the gruelling journey within ten days.

He said: “I’m a bit apprehensive about the ride but I am used to cycling long distances on my own so I’m sure it’ll be fine.

“I’ve been riding between 700 and 800 miles per week as part of my training so I’m almost ready.

“My wife is coming along on the trip in the car for moral support as well which will help.”

For more information or to sponsor Mr Booth search for Kevin Booth on Justgiving.com or call him on 07754 030205.