Help support our riders this weekend!A team of Wigan Athletic fans and cyclists are tackling Prostate Cancer UK’s annual football fundraiser, Football to Amsterdam, as part of the Men United team.
Ahead of Saturday’s match against Blackpool, participants from the team will be carrying out a bucket collection outside and around the DW Stadium in support of Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK).
So far 11 Latics supporters have signed up to represent the club on the 145 mile bike ride, which will leave from the iconic Olympic Park in East London on 3rd June 2016.
Over three days, the cyclists will ride the course raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, alongside riders from other football club’s up and down the country, in conjunction with the Football League.
Two of the Wigan Athletic cyclists, John Heeley, 48, and Peter Mulqueeney, 60, know exactly what to expect, as this will be their second year taking part in the charity ride.
Both John and Peter completed Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Fit Fans programme ahead of last year’s ride, using the 12-week men’s health programme as a way of getting fitter and healthier in preparation and raising an amazing £5000 between them.
Peter said: “The challenge is a great way for Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for the brilliant work that they do.
“It was a fantastic achievement for me and John to cross the finish line and I was very proud to do so representing my club, Wigan Athletic.”
Latics boss Gary Caldwell said:
“This challenge is a real test of character and strength for the riders and I’m delighted that eleven of our fans are already signed up to represent the club in such a worthy cause.
“Good luck to all of our riders – myself and the team will be supporting you all the way.”
You can follow John, Peter and the rest of the team on their Twitter account @Latics2A, with more information available on their website at latics2amsterdam.co.uk
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.
Registration for the ride is now open, with the race registration fee costing £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1000 in sponsorship to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK alone.
To register, go to www.prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam.