Hero’s welcome awaits for epic coastline challenge fundraiser

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A PERSONAL TRAINER who has spent a month cycling and running the coastline of the UK to raise awareness of a devastating neurological disorder will be given a hero’s welcome when he returns to his South Yorkshire home tomorrow.

Kris King’s Coast Hunting challenge has seen him cycle 100 miles or run a marathon for 34 days straight - without any rest days - in a bid to raise awareness and money for the Huntington’s Disease Association.

He has already raised more than £16,000 and hopes to break the £20,000 mark with a fundraising day at the finish line, the Waggon and Horses pub in Oxspring, Sheffield, on Sunday.

The challenge is a tribute to Dr Philip Stavish, a Huntington’s sufferer who died in April. Mr King lived with Dr Stavish and his family when he was growing up in Austerfield, Doncaster, and was well into the planning of the challenge when he died,

Dr Stavish, a former chiropractor who worked with the likes of Eric Clapton and Sting, was just 59 when he died due to complications caused by the genetic disease.

Mr King, 26, of Deepcar, Sheffield, said: “Huntington’s Disease is not as common as some conditions, like Alzheimer’s, for example, and so not a lot of people understand it.

“It can cause incontrollable movements, and in Phil’s case, people would often think he was drunk when we were out, as they don’t recognise the condition.

“He always fought the disease, and was a true inspiration.”

During his challenge, Mr King has been joined by two support teams, each of which include someone who carries the Huntington’s Disease gene.

A flag attached to his support car bears the names of 60 people with Huntington’s that he’s met along the way.

He said: “It’s been amazing, but emotionally quite tough, as we set off just a month after Phil passed.

“The support has been fantastic - people have stopped me at the side of the road to offer me water.”