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Comeback-MX rider loses six stone to race for charity

Motocross retailer Richard McKee has decided to enter the Vets MX Des Nations in September, 14 years after retiring from competition. He decided to make the comeback to raise funds for Alzheimer’s charities because his grandmother suffers from the disease.

The main problem was that McKee – who lives and works in Scotland, and remotely runs the eBay Store for JumpStart MX, a family-run business based in County Down – weighed 20 stone 8 lbs.

“I needed to lose as much weight as possible whilst also getting fit,” said McKee.

That was in January. He aimed to be 14 stone at a weigh-in at the event on 13 September but actually smashed his target on 7 July – a loss of more than seven stone in just over six months.

McKee’s motivation was helped by a weekly weigh-in – featuring a multitude of novelty socks – and update on his Facebook charity page, www.facebook.com/PoundsForPoundsDiet.

“The money I raise will go to the Alzheimer’s Society (Northern Ireland, England & Wales www.alzheimers.org.uk ) and Alzheimer Scotland (www.alzscot.org).”

McKee has set up justgiving pages for both.

“As well as trying to prepare this tired-out old body, we are in the process of preparing three tired-out old EVO motocross bikes in preparation for myself and two brothers to compete at the event. No charity money is being used for this.

“In all the time we raced bikes from the early 90s we never asked for sponsorship but any help from suppliers would be appreciated. My plan would be to have their name / brand(s) put on the bikes and also on to a banner that we are hoping to get made up for our camp.

“To date, with monetary pledges, we are just shy of £3000 split between the charities.”

 

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