A KEEN cyclist is gearing up for a mammoth bike ride in memory of brain tumour victim Katy Holmes.
Stephen Gardner, 43, from Penwortham, near Preston, will ride 135 miles on Sunday to raise money for the charity set up in the schoolgirl’s name.
The bike ride from Scarborough to Blackpool also coincides with what would have been Katy’s 13th birthday.
Dad-of-two Stephen said: “I have been a keen cyclist for a number of years and this was something I wanted to do as a challenge for myself.
“It’s not an organised event, it is something I have organised myself. The wife and kids are coming with my in a support vehicle.
“The reason I chose the charity is because of the proximity of where the Holmes’ live, I live in Penwortham and they do too.
“I have two young children myself and I can’t imagine what they must have gone through.”
Since he decided to take on the challenge, Stephen has met with Katy’s parents, Paula and Dave.
He saw Dave during a bike ride and got talking to him about the charity.
Stephen cycles to work in Leyland and has a turbo trainer so he can train at home, but he says 135 miles will be the furthest he has been on his bike.
He added: “The most I have done before is about 82 or 83 miles.
“I’m stubborn though, so I will get through it.”
Stephen is aiming to raise £1,000 for The Katy Holmes Trust. Visit: www.justgiving.com/stephen-gardner3
l On Sunday a Picnic in the Park will be held in Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham to mark Katy’s birthday.