December 2008 Archives

Three More Letters; Darren Kenny O.B.E


Darren has received an O.B.E in the New Year Honours List 2009 in recognition For services to Disabled Sport.

Darren is over the moon. "I have known since the middle of November and it has been quite difficult to keep it a secret."

Darren is now the most successful British Paralympic cyclist, having won four golds and one silver medal in Beijing and two golds and one silver medal in Athens in 2004.

For a full list see

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

If you are out on Monday night set your video. Darren is taking part in a Gold Medallists from the Beijing Olympics Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? special.

Darren and paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson are raising money for the Piam Brown Child Cancer Ward and Dreamflight. Also appearing are Rower Zac Purchase and sailor Sarah Webb answering questions to raise funds for the Dyslexia Association and the RNLI and rower Steve Williams and athlete Christine Ohuruogu play to raise money for Livability and SportsAid.

Cycling Weekly Riders of the Year


During December cycling weekly have been running a CW'S TOP 50 RIDERS OF 2008 ADVENT CALENDAR with the final 10 being revealed in their December 25th Issue, each rider getting a page to explain why they deserved to be in the top 10.

The issue is out and they placed Darren 7th overall, the highest placed Paralympian. First place went to Chris Hoy.

Busy Weekend

This evening Darren is switching on the Christmas lights in Verwood before attending the Bourmouth Arrow dinner.

Sunday Darren is up to Liverpool to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, watch for him on the TV.

Back to Beijing??


Well, I've back a while now and it's been pretty busy with all sorts of things. It's all been fun but it time to get on with the bike riding again.

My project now is to establish a para-cycling "athletes" hour record. that's the one with no aero aids, just a traditional bike with spoked wheels and drops etc. I've got most things in place with help from Specialized, terry Dolan, Dave Mellor Cycles and of course, the indispensible Gary Brickley (Brighton Uni) but unfortunately I'm struggling to find a main sponsor to cover other costs.

Any business.wanting to help can contact me through the comments bit on the site.
My last hour record ( on a pursuit bike ) gained a lot of coverage so I'm hoping for the same, or more, this time. It's not just about doing something for me , it's also about trying to raise the profile of para-cycling in general and that's why we are planning to do it at the world cup in Beijing (still waiting for the go ahead from the organisers).

Lastly a big thanks to everyone who supported me this year. It meant a lot to get all the messages while I was competing and after.

Merry Christmas

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