Latics 2 Amsterdam, Wigan Athletic’s official charity partner for the 2016/17 season, successfully completed their cycle to the Netherlands over the weekend.
- Latics 2 Amsterdam have raised an incredible £45,000 for Prostate Cancer UK so far.
- Jeff Stelling's March for Men left the DW Stadium alongside the cyclists.
- Peter Mulqueeney - "We all had tears in our eyes when we crossed the finishing the line".
A team of 29 riders representing the club left the DW Stadium on Thursday morning and made their way to Barnsley Football Club ahead of Friday’s official departure from Oakwell.
Latics 2 Amsterdam’s phenomenal fundraising efforts saw them finish second in the UK leaderboard, having set an initial target of £50,000 of which they’re expected to reach over the next few weeks.
Jeff Stelling’s March for Men for Prostate Cancer UK also left the DW Stadium alongside Latics 2 Amsterdam on Thursday, as the TV pundit continued his 400 mile walk from Exeter City’s St James’ Park to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.
Peter Mulqueeney, Latics 2 Amsterdam rider, said: “It was a good ride and we all enjoyed it. We added an extra day to the ride by leaving the DW Stadium on Thursday, and for some people they added an extra two days to it by cycling from Southport to Wigan on the Wednesday.
“The first day cycling from Wigan to Barnsley was difficult. The weather wasn’t good but it fortunately held out enough for us to be able to continue. Once we started our day two at Barnsley and joined in with all the other teams the weather was much better. The camaraderie between members of our team and other teams was absolutely fantastic.
“The final day going through Holland was much, much better. The weather was glorious and it was a brilliant day for cycling. The ride is hard work and it’s not described as a cycle challenge for nothing because it is a definite challenge.”
The ride was Peter’s third having taken part for the past two years, and admitted it was an overwhelming feeling for the team as they crossed the finishing line on Saturday.
“I was in tears when I crossed the line for the first time a couple of years ago, and I know many members of our team were in tears again this time as they finished. The feeling is fantastic, but it’s just not knowing that you’ve completed the challenge, it’s about knowing you’ve raised awareness of prostate cancer, which is a silent killer.
“The other big thing for us was about raising as much money as possible to help research the funding for prostate cancer. We were the second highest fundraising team this year having raised £45,000 and we hope to continue raising a bit more to achieve our target of £50,000.
“It was announced over the weekend that the ride has raised £460,000 so far so it’s going to easily clear £500,000 in the next few weeks, which is absolutely fantastic.”
You can still help Latics 2 Amsterdam reach their £50,000 target by donating here.