Burnham Market horse rider to take on Barcelona Ironman in aid of Parkinson’s research

Emily Lochore will take part in the gruelling Barcelona Ironman. Photo: The Cure Parkinson's Trust

Emily Lochore will take part in the gruelling Barcelona Ironman. Photo: The Cure Parkinson's Trust - Credit: Archant

A woman from Burnham Market will take part in the Barcelona Ironman in aid of Parkinson's research, after being inspired by her stepfather's struggle with the condition.

Emily Lochore, an international horseback rider from Burnham Market, will fund-raise for The Cure Parkinson's Trust.

The long-distance triathlon will take place on Saturday, September 30, and consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile cycle ride, and a full marathon - 26.22 miles.

The events are raced in that order, and without a break, meaning that an Ironman is widely considered to be one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Mrs Lochore, 44, is married with two sons, and has set herself this immense challenge, to support her stepfather who has suffered from this debilitating condition for the past ten years.

Her stepfather, Doctor Pat Preece, of Sedgeford, was previously a GP at Fakenham, before being diagnosed with the progressive neurological disorder, progressive neurological disorder.

Mrs Lochore said: 'I can't quite believe I have taken on this challenge.

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'It is going to be the most difficult thing I have ever done.'

She added: 'The training has been gruelling but I am absolutely determined to achieve this goal and, hopefully, raise lots of money for a cause which is very close to my heart.

'If I can do this for The Cure Parkinson's Trust, a fantastic charity, this immense challenge will be worthwhile.

'I would be very grateful for anyone who felt they could sponsor me, and if you are kind enough to do so, your support will mean a great deal to us all.'

Parkinson's disease affects 127,000 people in the UK alone, and one person in 20 with Parkinson's is under the age of 40. The condition affects people physically, mentally, behaviourally and emotionally, and there is an urgent need to find new and more effective treatments and cures.

Helen Matthews, chief operating officer at The Cure Parkinson's Trust, said: 'We're incredibly grateful to Emily Lochore and her family and friends for all their efforts to fundraise for us.

'This will support our research programme which continues to generate ground-breaking science and prospective new treatments which have the capacity to slow, stop or even reverse Parkinson's.'

To make a donation, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=EmilyLochore_Ironman