A photo special from Football2Amsterdam itself!
- Latics2Amsterdam set to raise over £20,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
- Team of 13 complete 'eventful' cycle from Friday to Sunday.
- Track their progress in the photo gallery above.
Thirteen riders, 145 miles, nearly £20,000 raised for Prostate Cancer UK and endless memories created. It was a momentous weekend for the Latics2Amsterdam team as their training culminated in the Football 2 Amsterdam cycle amid 350 riders, with the aim of raising over half a million pounds for a very worthy cause.
From Friday 3 June 2016 13 Latics supporters pounded the pedals from London to Amsterdam in support of the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour.
The event was the fourth annual fundraiser of its kind, with teams departing from the iconic Olympic Park's Velodrome, Barnsley FC's Oakwell Stadium and Ipswich Town's Portman Road.
Men United’s Three Lions, Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson also joined the ride, alongside the L2A team consisting of Richard Beebee, Stuart Brown, Gary Cheetham, Neil Doherty, Paul Durnin, Andy Fairhurst, Graham Foster, John Heeley, Peter Mulqueeney, Simon Reeve, Mark Ricketts, Tracey Skett and Stephen Walters.
Speaking back at the DW Stadium after the demanding, but rewarding cycle, Peter Mulqueeney, who wore the 'Orange Jersey' for being the ride's top fundraiser, said:
"Last year myself and John Heeley did the ride for the first time and loved the experience, so to be able to take a team of our size into Europe again was a real privilege.
"It was tough and we had some ups and down, but there's nothing better than having an adventure like Football2Amsterdam, as well as raising vital funds for a very important charity."
With almost £20,000 raised and high spirits throughout, you'd think the L2A team had an easy time of it, but Peter said they had their fair share of mishaps along the way.
"The ride was eventful, but we look back at it as character building. We had a puncture after about 10 yards of cycling, and my bike was fixed three times along the way, but we pulled through and we'd like to thank all of the support riders and the mechanics for their help in making it a great event."
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. In 2016 one man an hour will die from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s 10,900 men this year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
People are urged to search Men United and join the fight, and use #F2A to share stories and updates online.
You can continue to sponsor Latics2Amsterdam and push them above the £20,000 mark by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/Latics2Amsterdam
You can also visit the Latics2Amsterdam Facebook group and get to know our riders by [clicking here].
For more information about the ride and to register your interest for 2017, visit prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam or contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org