Liam Keeling

200 mile cycle challenge in Liam’s memory

19th-21st May 2011

FIVE brave cyclists will be pedaling 200 miles to West Bromwich Albion’s final match of the season in Newcastle.

The group is doing the challenge in memory of football-mad teenager Liam Keeling, who died from meningitis in October 2009, aged 13.

They hope to raise over £3,000 for Meningitis UK as they cycle from West Brom via Alfreston, York and Chester-le-Street to Newcastle’s St James’ Park ground for the May 22 match.

Leading the pack is Sean Flagherty, who used to coach Liam in the Wyrley Juniors team alongside Liam’s dad Andy.

He is being joined by Kevin Sedgewick, Mick Law, Craig Walton and David Mitchison, with support en route from Roy and Kathy Lowe.

Shaun said: “When Liam tragically died we said we wanted to cycle to a game. I suggested Newcastle and just hoped it wouldn’t be a fixture in the depth of winter.

“Luckily it turned out to be the last match of the season, which seemed fitting.

“It’s just short of 200 miles in total, so around 70 miles a day. We’ve put a lot of effort in on the road to build up our legs for the ride. It’ll be tough but hopefully we’ll have a laugh along the way.”

The fundraising drive in memory of Liam, from Cheslyn Hay, has now topped the £70,000 mark, thanks to the continued efforts of the Liam Keeling Memorial Fund.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Sean please phone 07841332212

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