Cy­clists in­vited to a pic­nic for Catha

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Vicky Cas­tle

An an­nual char­ity bike ride is set to take place for the fourth time in mem­ory of a keen Ash­ford cy­clist.

Peo­ple are in­vited to take part in the Catha’s Seat Pic­nic on Satur­day, April 29, from 1pm to 3pm.

Par­tic­i­pants will walk, run or cy­cle through Stour Val­ley be­fore gath­er­ing at a peace­ful spot over­look­ing Chil­ham Cas­tle.

The event is in mem­ory of Cather­ine ‘Catha’ Kee­gan, a keen cy­clist who was com­mis­sioned by char­ity Sus­trans to sur­vey the sec­tion of Na­tional Cy­cle Route 18 be­tween Ash­ford and Canterbury to make it a safer path.

Catha died in 1998 and in 2013 a resur­faced sec­tion of the route be­tween God­mer­sham and Chil­ham opened, where the seat in her mem­ory is lo­cated.

It is a re­mote, quiet place that fea­tures two hand­crafted solid oak benches with in-built cy­cle park­ing.

It was named af­ter the ded­i­cated cy­cling cam­paigner from Wye be­cause her mis­sion was to cre­ate safer cy­cling routes and en­cour­age their use.

The event and an­nual pic­nic also aims to help peo­ple dis­cover the joys of cy­cling and walk­ing in the Kent coun­try­side.

There will be live mu­sic from Ar­let and Ash­ford Folk and sand­wiches with pro­duce from Rip­ple Farm, the Wooden Spoon and Wye Butch­ers and Del­i­catessen.

This year, the spon­sored event has more start­ing points than ever, in Ash­ford, Wye, Chil­ham, Canterbury and Faver­sham.

Groups al­ready tak­ing part in­clude bike shop Bike­tart, the UK’s first cy­cling pub The Free­wheel, Wye Foot­paths Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, cy­cle train­ing group Cy­cle Cir­cle and Wye Breeze, a women’s cy­cling ini­tia­tive.

To find out more about Catha’s Seat, con­tact her son Nick Kee­gan at cathas­seat@gmail. com, on 07708 523994 or visit

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4320661

Cy­clists and walk­ers will join the cy­cle ride be­tween Ash­ford and Canterbury

The late Catha Kee­gan

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