Kevin Moran

Kevin's Walk 1000 miles in 2021

Fundraising for Parkinson’s UK
£1,120
raised of £1,500 target
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I am walking 1,000 miles again in 2021 the walking boots are going back on... This will be my 6th year doing this challenge and though it's walk 1000 miles, I'm actually aiming to beat my personal best  of 1,289 which I achieved in 2019.

Follow my progress this year at https://www.facebook.com/1000milesin2021

I started this challenge originally in 2015 and walked 1,045 miles, which works out at roughly 20 miles every week, this might not sound like a massive target but it was the "EVERY week" which was hard. Just having the time to do it was a big  challenge, along with our lovely UK weather. My initial reasons for doing this were mainly health based, though I like walking it gets hard sometimes to motivate yourself to put your boots on after a busy day in the office when it's pouring down outside, I was hoping that by having this target I wouldn't let the exercise slip. 

The challenge became harder when my hips deteriorated and I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in both hips,  I had to grit my teeth a bit to get the challenge over the line and trekking poles were a big help. But I completed the 1,000 miles on Sunday 1st November 2015 at Grimwith Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. I also lost 5 stones into the bargain.

I had 2 total hip replacements in 2016 one in January, and the other in September, so unfortunately I only managed 613 Miles that year, despite walking up Ingleborough 6 weeks after the first hip replacement.

In 2017 I was on my way back and managed 1,030 Miles in the year.

Then in 2018 I achieved 1,243 Miles over the year.

Unfortunately we lost mum to Parkinson's in 2018 but I am continuing to try raise some money for Parkinson's UK in her memory. 

In 2019 I walked 1,289 Miles to set a new personal best.

Unfortunately Covid-19 put paid to the challenge in 2020 though I still managed a total of 837 Miles in the end, but I'm back now in 2021 and aiming for a new personal best, so though the challenge is Walk 1000 miles I am aiming for 1290+

My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003, so I have seen first hand the effects this has on somebody's life, the restrictions it places on their personal freedom, constant pain, tiredness and mobility issues. At the moment there is no cure for Parkinson's which is a progressive illness, i.e the symptoms get worse over time. 

Parkinson's UK (http://www.parkinsons.org.uk) help by supporting people who have this debilitating condition & their families, as well as funding research in the search for a cure. I am hoping to raise as much as possible to help with this, with this aim I am going to leave the fundraising page up until the end of the year. 

A massive thanks to all sponsors and everyone who has supported me so far, and to my wife Nicola and family for putting up with me vanishing off to the dales at every opportunity.

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Parkinson’s UK

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Anyone can get Parkinson’s. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet. Funding research into the most promising treatments, we’re getting closer to a cure. Until then, we're improving life for people with Parkinson’s, and the people in their lives. Together we'll find a cure.

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Total raised
£1,120.00
+ £102.50 Gift Aid
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£620.00
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£500.00

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