Cyclists take on tour of Premier stadiums
Trio set to tackle 1,000-mile journey in just 10 days
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. virginmoneygiving.com/team/ gatmattjamie2015, while the team will be updating their progress via Twitter and Facebook @ rideofourlives.