Durham rugby player Kenny Reader finishes his 1,000km challenge in honour of uncle

Durham rugby player Kenny Reader finishes his 1,000km challenge in honour of uncle

ONE HUNDRED: Kenneth Reader completes his 100th 10k run in 100 days. Picture: STUART BOULTON

ONE HUNDRED: Kenneth Reader completes his 100th 10k run in 100 days. Picture: STUART BOULTON

ONE HUNDRED: Kenneth Reader completes his 100th 10k run in 100 days. Picture: STUART BOULTON

ONE HUNDRED: Kenneth Reader completes his 100th 10k run in 100 days. Picture: STUART BOULTON

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AFTER running 10km every day for 100 days, Kenny Reader knew exactly what to do with his trainers.

"They're going straight in the river," he said.

Doing so marked the end of a challenge the Durham City rugby player set himself in honour of his Uncle Solly who suffered from Alzheimer's disease until sadly passing away four years ago.

Running for the Alzheimer's Society, Kenny, 26, had set his sights on raising £2,000 after setting off in April.

By tonight (Tuesday) the total had surpassed £10,000.

For the final 10k of his 1,000km odyssey, which took place at Durham City rugby club, Kenny was joined by around 200 well-wishers, something that spurred him on to the finish.

"I am slightly overwhelmed. It was nice to finish, but I was more impressed with how many people turned out," he said.

"It made it a pretty easy run to be honest."

Kenny was close to his uncle and saw first-hand the devastating effect of dementia.

"It wasn't very nice to see. He lost his personality, he couldn't speak. You could see he knew who you were, but at the same time he would forget stuff," he said.

"It was really, really sad because he was a really nice guy.

"I know £10,000 won't make a difference in the long run to Alzheimer's but it's a step in the right direction."

Kenny, who plays in the front row for his club, said there had been many highlights.

"To have 30 people run my 50th one was amazing, to have nearly 200 run my 100th one was equally amazing," he said. "I have had some good laughs along the way. I ran in a tuxedo, dressed as a Sumo wrestler and in a red and white shirt and I am massive Newcastle fan - anything to keep people interested."

As for those running shoes.

"I am walking to the riverside now and chucking them straight in," he said.

To sponsor Kenny visit justgiving.com/Kenneth-Reader1

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