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London to Amsterdam bikathon begins

14 June 2013

Legendary former Watford, AC Milan and England striker Luther Blissett led a team of football fans off on a fundraising cycle ride from London to Amsterdam for Prostate Cancer UK.

The team set off on the epic 155-mile journey from Wembley Stadium, with the route passing through the picturesque countryside of rural England before crossing the Channel from Harwich and arriving on the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland.

The two-day cycle will see the team arrive in Amsterdam's Dam Square on the afternoon of Saturday 15th June, and will raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK - The Football League's Official Charity Partner.

With 250,000 men - enough to fill Wembley Stadium three times over - living with prostate cancer in the UK, the epic cycle ride hopes to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life.

Football legend, Luther Blissett, said: "I am thrilled to be taking on the London to Amsterdam ride in support of Prostate Cancer UK and its Official Charity Partnership with The Football League.

"It's going to be an enormous challenge for all of us but one we're all looking forward to. As well as raising money for prostate cancer, I hope that the ride will help to raise the profile of the disease for the benefit of men's health."

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We are delighted to be staging our first football themed bike ride and thrilled that over 30 football fans have signed up with Luther Blissett to support Prostate Cancer UK.

"More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and every penny raised goes to Prostate Cancer UK to plough into vital research and support services."

The riders taking park include those in the list below - please support them via the online donation page links, which can be accessed by clicking the respective names.

Luther Blissett - Team Captain

Stephen Haynes - AFC Bournemouth

Andrew Luckett - Birmingham City

Mark Burridge - Brentford

Richard Emment - Brentford

Andrew Chipperfield - Charlton Athletic

Nicholas Chipperfield - Charlton Athletic

Matthew Cowdrey - Crawley Town

Stephen Nettleton - Grimsby Town

Carl Weighill - Leicester City

Fiona Kumar - Liverpool

Raj Kumar - Liverpool

Robert davies - Liverpool

Aletheia Hunn - Morecambe

Ric Boullemier - Northampton Town

Robert Simon Brooks - Nottingham Forest

Tom Miller - Nottingham Forest

Rowan Staszkiewicz - Nottingham Forest

Matt Vincent - Nottingham Forest

Ben Armstrong - Notts County

Dan Bond - Oxford Utd

John Elliot  - Oxford Utd

Mike Parkin - Watford

Karl Sohi - Watford

Jamie Pike - Wycombe Wanderers

Alex Irving

John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League, added: "Our end of season charity challenges over the last two seasons have been a great success and we're sure the Prostate Cancer UK Total Football cycle will be no different.

"Prostate cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I'm proud that the London-Amsterdam cycling challenge is uniting clubs and supporters alike to help save men's lives"

If you want to track the progress of the riders follow @football_league and @ProstateUK on Twitter. If you would like to tweet your support for the riders use the official event hashtag - #GoDutch.

For more information about Prostate Cancer UK please visit

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