Gillingham FC staff member to take part in 145 mile bike ride to Amsterdam
Next June Nick Bearham, Community Trust Education Tutor, will be supporting the Official Charity Partner of The Football League, Prostate Cancer UK, as they aim to raise over £500,000 to help save men’s lives.
Taking place in June 2016, the ride formerly known as the London to Amsterdam has had a makeover and is now called Football to Amsterdam. The 145 mile ride will set off, for the first time this year, from two locations on 3rd June.
Participants will begin their ride from either Barnsley's Oakwell Stadium or from the Olympic Stadium in London, and finish at the Amsterdam ArenA and home of Dutch giants AFC Ajax.
Last year’s event was a sell out with more than 250 riders – including former international trio Terry Butcher, Matt Holland and Luther Blissett, together with Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.
Yorkshireman Grayson is making no promises, but there’s strong suspicion that he’ll be back in the saddle:
He said: “I think it’s brilliant that the ride will cater for football teams both in the north and the south. It will make it easier for northerners like us to get our bikes over to the start point – although I hear the northern leg’s terrain is much hillier!”
In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments
So why not dust off those bikes, squeeze into some unflattering lycra and get your helmet on and join Nick to represent the Gills and Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United in Europe on 3-5 June 2016 for a 145 mile cycle ride in conjunction with The Football League.
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Registration fee is £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.
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If you’re still not convinced this is going to be the trip of a lifetime, then check out last year’s ride to get a flavour of the adventure.