The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) supporter Katie Blainey recently took on the incredible challenge of cycling 330 miles from London to Newcastle over three days before conquering her first half marathon in the Great North Run the very next day! Here Katie shares her inspiring fundraising story:

“I have never run and I have never had any inclination to run - I cycle! Or so I said... but then it seems I am not one to turn down a challenge. The last four days have been incredibly tough physically, but left me feeling so proud of what it is possible to achieve and in awe of the support friends and family have given me.

I left my home in London at 5am on Thursday 5 September and cycled 330 miles to Newcastle over three days. Then on day four, I ran the Great North Run, my first half marathon, after only picking up running this year. I took part with 40 other people, to raise money for three charities that are all close to my heart: The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, Ovacome and The MS Society. My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 42. She always made the best of her life despite the challenges this brought her, but it wasn't easy. I wanted to take on this challenge in memory of my mum who lived with Parkinson’s for 20 years and was fully supportive of CPT’s work to find a cure.”

CPT would like to congratulate Katie on completing her fantastic challenge and first ever half marathon – what an amazing achievement! Thank you so much Katie for your brilliant fundraising efforts and support, we are hugely grateful.

To read more of Katie’s story or to support her fundraising please visit her fundraising page.

If you feel inspired by Katie take a look at some of the cycle challenges we offer or search the many running events taking place across the UK here. Alternatively please contact Julia or call 020 7487 3892 to discuss your fundraising ideas.