Cycling ace Jason returns to old school
8:53am Friday 14th September 2012 in Local
The double-gold medallist made a star appearance at his old primary school and parish church in Farnworth on Wednesday night for a charity fundraiser.
Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gregory’s Parish centre held the event in aid of the church’s missionary work in Zambia — where Jason hopes to set up his own charity project.
The 24-year-old donated some of his Team GB kit for auction and posed for photos for a small fee for the cause.
Jason’s dad, Mike Kenny, said: “It went really well. It was a full house at the event and Jason signed autographs and had his photo taken for a £1 a time. Of course, it was all for the charity so people were really generous.
“Some of Jason’s old Team GB kit fetched quite a lot at auction, which was good because it’s all for a great cause.
“He stayed all night and he really enjoyed it. He’d been for a cycle in the rain that morning but it’s got to be done. It’s back to work as usual for him now.”
Yesterday, Jason made a trip to the Ginetta sports car factory in Garforth, Leeds, in pursuit of his second love — car racing.
His visit comes before his debut on the grid in the final round of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Donington Park on September 29 where the cyclist will race his own Ginetta car.
But this Sunday it will be back to two wheels for the speed demon who is taking part in the Bolton Sky Ride from 10am until 4pm.
The free event allows cyclists of all abilities to enjoy the traffic free 5km route around Bolton and take in the sights, including Bolton Town Hall and Queens Park.
With no official start point or start time, cyclists can ride as much or as little of the route as they want at their own pace.
The full route can be viewed at theboltonnews.co.uk.
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