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Fifty kilometer Peak District challenge no match for our sports scientist, George

23-year-old tests body to it’s limits to record impressive time…

29 September 2022

Club News

Fifty kilometer Peak District challenge no match for our sports scientist, George

23-year-old tests body to it’s limits to record impressive time…

29 September 2022

Those of you that purchased our last matchday programme will have read our article on George Keen’s mammoth fundraising quest.

Our dedicated sports scientist, who has been working at the football club for just over a year now, took it upon himself to battle 50-kilometres and inclines of 2,000 meters in the Peak District to raise money for his close friend Ki.

He was left paralised from the chest down as a result of a push bike accident last summer, changing the 21-year-old’s life and that of his family, forever.

In aid of his mate, George, whose day job at SN1 is to ensure all our players are receiving the right coaching when it comes to nutrition, fitness and recovery, completed the challenge last weekend, and in some style.

Not only did he conquer the mammoth distance, rough terrain and hills almost impossible to climb up and down, he finished 39th out of 266 competitors, recording an incredible time of six hours, fifty-eight minutes.

An active motor racing fanatic and a roofer by trade, George’s friend Ki has had his life turned upside down following the tragic events last year, with the family now looking to raise money to build an annex on the house along with some other necessary modifications he needs.

Speaking to Town’s Media Team ahead of the event, George, said: “Ki is my partners brother as well as a close friend, and I felt I wanted to do something to raise money for him, as the family don’t get a huge amount of financial support.

“I’ve always been someone who likes to challenge myself too, so it made a lot of sense for me to combine the two.

“I’ve known Ki since January, but know how much of an active lad he was before his accident, and it really puts life into perspective, but he’s such a positive guy and I feel honoured I can do something to help raise money for him, which will make such a difference to his life.”

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Speaking post-challenge, George admits it was slightly harder than he’d anticipated.

“It was a lot trickier than I’d expected, but I think naivety probably helped me out a little in the end.

“I knew I’d be okay when I saw people ahead of me walking up some of the hills, but they were so steep you simply couldn’t run up them, and you had to slide down on your bum the other side!

“I felt a little pain in my quad after the first hill which worried me a bit, but I realised I’d have to take it slower coming down the other side, if not to avoid twisting my ankle if anything.

“I’m pleased I managed to balance eating and drinking throughout the event, which can be a challenge with many feeling sick and cramping up, but I began refueling early which I think worked in my favour.


“It was a great feeling to complete the race. I’m not usually one to praise myself but I do feel proud of what I’ve achieved, and my family, as well as Ki, are pleased I finished it in one piece.

“I managed to raise around £1,500 for Ki’s cause, so that makes the achievement extra special, and although I’m in need of a much needed break, it hasn’t put me off doing something similar in the future.”

A fantastic effort by one of our own, and an amazing placing and time for such a huge challenge.

I’m sure you’ll join us in congratulating George, and if you’d like to donate to Ki’s worthy cause, you can do so via the QR code below which will direct you straight to their Go Fund Me page.

Superb from you George!

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