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CRAIG TUCKER: BIKE RIDE WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE

11 June 2014

Brewers fan completes challenge for Prostate Cancer UK

Last weekend saw over 150 riders representing over 50 Football League clubs cycle over 150 miles from London to Amsterdam in support of Prostate Cancer UK.


Burton Albion were represented by Brewers fan Craig Tucker, who said he had an unforgettable experience raising money for a worthy cause.


“I really enjoyed the trip. It was really good and I met some great people.


“We left on Friday morning from Leyton Orient’s ground, stopping off at Colchester United’s stadium. We carried on to Harwich, which was 90 miles and then once we got the ferry to Holland, it was a case of cycling through to the Amsterdam ArenA, home of Ajax.


“Once we reached the finishing line we had a celebration meal.


“It took us two days in total to get from London to Amsterdam, with breaks in between and it was a great experience. Cycling is very big in Holland and we felt very safe, with specific cycle lanes.


“The worst part of cycling through London was the traffic with so many riders!” said Craig.


With over 150 people taking part, Craig says the atmosphere and camaraderie between the participants was very positive – and included some participants who had never cycled before.


“We hadn’t met before the trip, but everyone was really friendly and after the weekend you’d felt like you’d known some people for years, instead of three days.


“The mood was very positive and I was amazed as to how many people were doing the challenge but had never cycled before.


“There were some people who had bought a bike two weeks before and done a bit of training. They weren’t experienced cyclists but they just wanted to raise money for a great cause, which is really good,” Craig said.


The money that Craig and his fellow participants have raised will go towards combating Prostate Cancer, something Craig is very proud of.


“I was very rewarding to do the challenge for a cause such as Prostate Cancer UK. There are some hard times when you’re going up and down the hills but at the end of it you remember it’s for a good cause and it’s worthwhile.


“The trip as a whole wasn’t too bad, but the last 20 miles of the first day was tough. It was very up and down through the hills and it was hard work. The organisers changed the route slightly this year to make it slightly more challenging, but it wasn’t too difficult.


“It was a great experience and I’d certainly do it again.”


You can still donate to Craig’s cause by visiting his JustGiving page, http://www.justgiving.com/craig-tucker1


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