In June 2015, two Wigan Athletic fans, John Heeley and Peter Mulqueeney set off from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road for the traditionalists amongst us) to take up the challenge of cycling to the Amsterdam Arena and the home of the mighty Ajax.
The challenge not only included cycling but also fundraising. They were both committed to raising a minimum of £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK who fight to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. PCUK find answers by funding ground-breaking research and lead change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care.
John and Peter represented their beloved Wigan Athletic and between them raised almost £6,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
The pair decided that they wanted to do it again the following year but this time bigger and better.
The team expanded to thirteen riders with new members Gary Cheetham, Neil Doherty, Paul Durnin, Simon Reeve, Richard Beebee, Stuart Brown, Andy Fairhurst, Graham Foster, Stephen Walters, Mark Ricketts and Tracey Skett all signing up to join the cause.
On June 3rd 2016 the team set off to Harwich from the Olympic Park, Stratford, home of the 2012 London games and took in over 8o miles of the Essex countryside before boarding the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland.
Day two saw them continue on their journey with a 60 mile plus ride across Holland and into Amsterdam.
The group had undergone a rigorous training schedule to fully prepare themselves both physically and mentally for the event but it didn’t stop there.
A number of fundraisers were held to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and by the time they had crossed the line at the Amsterdam Area the group had together raised a rather impressive £20,000.
And guess what? We are going to do it all again in 2017. And yes we aim to be even bigger and better, raising even more money for such a worthy cause.
More information on this event can be found at: http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/football-to-amsterdam-2017