A DEVOTED daughter has raised more than £5,000 for charity in honour of her father.
Corinth Blackwell, 27, cycled the length of the Leeds Liverpool canal to raise money in memory of her father, Richard Dutton, 57, who died from motor neurone disease (MND).
The gruelling 127-mile journey is the second challenge Corinth has completed since her father, from Ellesmere Port, died in January.
Geography teacher Corinth has now raised more than £5,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Corinth was joined by her husband Richard, 28, and friend James Drury Payne, 31, who came together to tackle the marathon ride in a single weekend.
Setting off from Canning Dock in Liverpool on August 23, the trio cycled through all 91 locks finishing in Armley, Leeds, on August 25.
On completing the effort, which equates to five marathons in 48 hours, Corinth said: “It was a really tough challenge. Not only is the canal a long way, but the terrain also makes it very difficult – one moment you’re on the towpath and the next moment you’re cycling on wet grass, which was very slippy.”
Corinth’s father worked as a metallurgist for more than 20 years at the Ford plant in Halewood and was diagnosed with MND in November, 2010.
Her first challenge – a 19 mile sprint triathalon – raised more than £2,000.
She said: “We were all so pleased to have finished the cycle successfully.
“I’d never run or anything before my dad was diagnosed with MND, I wouldn’t even run for the bus, but I wanted to try some challenges that were difficult. It was a bit of a shock to us that he passed away so soon.
“I wish he was still here, but it’s so horrible to watch someone you love living with MND.
“I had heard of MND before my dad was diagnosed but I didn’t have a clue what it was. Then when you read about it on the internet it scares the life out of you.
“When my dad was diagnosed he didn't want to talk about it too much. His attitude was that he wanted to live the life he’s got to the full.”
Corinth is now considering cycling from London to Paris for her next challenge.