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I am doing this cycle in memory of Connor for The Connor Saunders Foundation because I think his Foundation does great work #connors21

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  • Event: Great Manchester Cycle 2014, 29 Jun 2014

The Connor Saunders Foundation

We as Connor's family have set up this foundation to support three causes close to Connor's heart: (1) Providing Defibrillators to schools and football clubs (2) Supplying football coaching for children in schools (3) Raising awareness for Organ Donation & Anti-Violence

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Sunday 29th June 2014, Marks this year’s Great Manchester Cycle. This is the challenge that Faces Scott Morgan. 52 Miles of road cycling starting at the Etihad stadium over a 13-mile city-based circuit within Manchester and the neighbouring borough of Trafford. There are three separate distances, 13 miles, 26 miles or 52 miles. For Scott the challenge that awaits them is 52 miles. This challenge sees Scott take to the streets and cycle this great distance, all for The Connor Saunders Foundation. 

SCOTT MORGAN - It started around 2007 whilst taking a run one evening I blew my right knee. Causing dislocation and tearing of the cartilage. For years leading up to 2010 I had to undergo hours of physiotherapy and rehab to build strength back up enabling me to finally once again play sport to a high standard. This didn’t seem enough. In 2010 a lot changed. I started to want to push myself to the limits. By doing this, taking on challenges both mentally and physically was the aim. Due to knee problems I first wanted to see how far I could push my knee. So I entered The Martlets midnight London to Brighton Bike ride. 56 Miles starting at midnight in Sloane Square London heading along dark twisting turning roads reaching temperatures of -3, heading back to Madeira Drive Brighton. It was a turning point in what I consider to push myself, my mind and my physical state to its limits. In 2011 a new challenge which gained huge publicity from news interviews to radio and newspaper interviews. I took on a million Meter swim challenge. This consisted of 116 lengths a day every day for 316 days straight.  This was the biggest challenge of my life. It tested so many characteristics to which there are too many to mention. The publicity received was overwhelming but the money raised for the Seaford down syndrome and special needs support group was enough to make this the most amazing year and challenge I have ever placed my body through. For the challenge I raised just short of £4000 in the end for the charity which gave these kids the chance to go on training sessions and parents a chance to enable their children to explore and experience days out to help build their life skills and development. It was the biggest year I have ever been through and one I will always have close to me. So now it’s time to once again challenge myself. I knew Connor well. I saw Connor grow from a playground boy to the man he grew to be. To have this privilege to know Connor inspired me to take on a new challenge up in Manchester. But to challenge myself in the Name of this foundation is an honour and privilege. Carrying the Foundation to Manchester with me in The name of Connor will be a fulfilment in its self. So please give what you can to this wonderful charity. You can give to either our just-giving page or contact us personally if you wish to sponsor us via paper form. Thanks all. 

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