FIVE riders representing Burton Albion completed their Football to Amsterdam on Sunday, in aid of Prostate Cancer.
The challenge began on Friday as the riders set off from Barnsley’s Oakwell stadium and made their way to Hull where they headed on board the ferry to Rotterdam.
Men United’s Three Lions, Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson will start from London, Ipswich and Barnsley respectively a week before England take on the cream of the continent in Euro 2016.
Proudly representing Burton Albion, Andy Taylor, Matt Hancock, John Widdowson, Deborah Bacon and Hollie Benton joined the former England trio amid more than 350 riders in Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United team, all riding 145 miles and raising money to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
The £500,000 raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.
From the initial event in 2013 with a small group of 35 riders, to a total fundraising tally which will smash through the £1m mark this year thanks to a biggest ever peloton; the football-themed cycling challenge has proved a phenomenal success throughout its four years.
Burton Albion rider Matt Hancock said: “It was a great weekend, all five of us completed it together so it was a real team effort. The most important thing is the awareness raised for Prostate Cancer and the money raised for combatting Prostate Cancer.
“It’s been a 12-month campaign from bucket collections to supporting different events, 5-a-side tournaments. There’s been lots of different things that we’ve done ultimately to raise awareness.”