Cy­clists take on tour of Pre­mier sta­di­ums

Trio set to tackle 1,000-mile jour­ney in just 10 days

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

THE men emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the battle of the sexes at Amer­sham Bowls Club on Cap­tain’s Day on Sun­day.

A very high-spir­ited and com­pet­i­tive match re­sulted in a rather flat­ter­ing 112-59 victory for the men, with Brian Drew, Eric Sher­lock and Neal Evi­son claim­ing the top rink.

This came at the end of a week in which Amer­sham turned their early sea­son form on its head, TWO of the man­age­ment team at Holmer Green FC – as well as a cy­clist pal they have roped in – will next month at­tempt to cy­cle to all 20 Pre­mier League foot­ball grounds in 10 days.

The daunt­ing task will be un­der­taken by Gareth Wil­liams, Matt Pol­lard and Jamie Pike – all from Penn – to raise money for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion, MacMil­lan Nurses and He­len Dou­glas House.

Their jour­ney will start at New­cas­tle’s St James Park on June 4 and end at QPR’s Loftus Road on June 13, be­fore a fi­nal leg up the M40 to Holmer Green – cov­er­ing just un­der 1,000 miles in to­tal.

The team have been or­gan­is­ing a highly suc­cess­ful an­nual char­ity foot­ball match at Holmer Green for the past five years, but this year de­cided to have a change and hit upon the cy­cling chal­lenge.

Wil­liams said: “Jamie is a keen cy­clist, al­ready whereas me and putting a string of open­ing week de­feats be­hind them to beat both Mar­low and Bas­sets­bury Manor.

Sheila Bar­ber, El­iz­a­beth Gil­lott and Kevin Dwyer were the top rink in a 90-48 win over Mar­low, while John Bar­ber, May van Vu­uren, Peter Bray and Wendy Tin­dale took the honours as they edged past Bas­sets­bury 85-76 in the Three Coun­ties League.

CLAS­SIC CLASH: The Cap­tain’s Day teams at Amer­sham Bowls Club

STA­DIUM TOUR: (From left) Gareth Wil­liams, Matt Pol­lard and Jamie Pike Matt are more foot­ballers, but the we’re out on the bikes two to three foot­ball tour­na­ment needed a rest times a week. I know we’re not the as it was get­ting too big. first, but not many peo­ple have

“I started train­ing in Jan­uary done it.” when my com­pany bought my The route will begin with bike for me and Matt is a bit New­cas­tle and Sun­der­land on be­hind hav­ing started in April, but day one, Hull on day two and Burn­ley, Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City on day three.

Day four will take in Liver­pool and Ever­ton and day five Stoke and Le­ices­ter, then As­ton Villa and West Brom on day six be­fore some long stretches to the far­ther­flung grounds.

Swansea will be ticked off on day seven, while day eight will see no ground visit as the trio jour­ney south to Southamp­ton, which they reach on day nine, be­fore zip­ping around Lon­don clubs Crys­tal Palace, West Ham, Ar­se­nal, Spurs, Chelsea and QPR on day 10.

Wil­liams added: “It starts off fairly easy but gets harder as we go down, with Wales get­ting a bit hairy around the Bre­con Bea­cons, and the last few days are then 113 miles each.”

Wil­liams and Pike, be­ing Spurs fans, are most look­ing for­ward to see­ing White Hart Lane, while Pol­lard, a QPR sup­porter, is de­lighted to be fin­ish­ing at Loftus Road.

You can do­nate via www. vir­gin­money­giv­ gat­mat­t­jamie2015, while the team will be updating their progress via Twit­ter and Face­book @ ride­o­fourlives.

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